Friday, August 26, 2005

Kronos Quartet goes Bollywood

Kronos Quartet went for an Indian theme on their latest album
You've Stolen My Heart: Songs From R.D. Burman's Bollywood.
Chamber group known for experimentation records Indian album
David Harrington of the Grammy-winning string ensemble Kronos Quartet
says his group jumped at the chance to work with legendary Indian singer
Asha Bhosle and take its eclectic chamber music to Bollywood.
In choosing songs for the group's latest album, all of them composed
by Bhosle's late husband, R.D. Burman, Harrington said he selected
those that appealed to his ear as a musician, with no understanding
of their Hindi and Bengali lyrics.
It wasn't until days before Kronos began recording last summer that
Harrington realized the group had put together a collection of plaintive
love songs.
The result was You've Stolen My Heart: Songs From R.D. Burman's
Bollywood , to be released today by the New York-based independent
label Nonesuch Records.
Full Story via The Houston Chronicle

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