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Deceptive Cadence

Songs We Love: Kronos Quartet, 'Cercle Du Nord III'

Derek Charke's Cercle du Nord III teems with the sounds of life — modern and ancient — in the Arctic.

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Deceptive Cadence

The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years

Four decades after its first performance, the San Francisco-based string quartet still nudges composers and audiences in new directions.

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Tiny Desk

Kronos Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

The intrepid champions of new music from around the world bring a lullaby, some rare blues and a recent work by The National's Bryce Dessner to the offices of NPR Music.

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