Author: Peter Alexander | Sharps & Flatirons

REVIEW Kronos Quartet’s ‘Beyond Zero’ powerful, disturbing, inspired

Beyond Zero is by turns beautiful, disturbing, haunting and almost unbearably intense.

The Kronos Quartet’s Artist Series performance of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Beyond Zero: 1914–1918, Wednesday night (Oct. 8) at Macky Auditorium, was the one of the most powerful concert experiences I can recall.

Commissioned by Kronos to mark the centennial of the beginning of World War I, Beyond Zero is by turns beautiful, disturbing, haunting and almost unbearably intense—as befits the subject, one of the most brutal and tragic events of human history. Kronos’ performance was an inspired feat of musicianship and athletic endurance: once begun, the music scarcely lets up until the very end, with harsh, rhythmic chords propelling the piece from climax to climax.

There are times that the music becomes almost unendurable in its intensity, but that again is an expression of a war that was literally unendurable for millions. How else can you put into music the suffering of a continent and the agony of the soldiers in the trenches, year after year? Like a visit to the battlefields, it is sometimes disturbing, but it is a vital and deeply moving experience that enlarges the soul.

Read more

Upcoming Events View all events

CU New Opera Workshop

Loading
Jun 14-16, 2019

CU New Opera Workshop

"Hobson's Choice" by Tom Cipullo

Composer and librettist Tom Cipullo, whose acclaimed "Glory Denied" is one of the most frequently produced 21st-century American operas, comes to CU N...

CU New Opera Workshop

Loading
Jun 15, 2019

CU New Opera Workshop

Composer Fellows' Initiative

From the women of the Manhattan Project to a dying man's murder confession, CU Boulder composition students tell four unique new stories through music...

Faculty Tuesdays

Loading
Aug 27, 2019

Faculty Tuesdays

music+ Friendship

Harumi Rhodes, Hsiao-Ling Lin, David Requiro and Jennifer Hayghe celebrate the first Faculty Tuesdays concert of the season with works by Johannes Bra...