The Arditti Quartet


The Arditti Quartet




Mode Records - A Record Label Devoted to New Music The Arditti Quartet

Irvine Arditti, Graeme Jennings (vlns), Ralf Ehlers (vla), Rohan de Saram (vc)

The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Several hundred string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. These works have left a permanent mark on 20th century repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. World premieres of quartets by composers such as Birtwistle, Cage, Carter, Dillon, Ferneyhough, Gubaidulina, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kagel, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Reynolds, Rihm, Scelsi, Stockhausen and Xenakis show the wide range of music in their repertoire. The Arditti Quartet's extensive discography now features over 130 CDs.

The group believes that close collaboration with composers is vital to the process of interpreting modern music and therefore attempts to work with every composer it plays. The players' commitment to educational work is indicated by their masterclasses and workshops for young performers and composers all over the world. From 1982 to 1996 the quartet's members were resident string tutors at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music.

Over the past 25 years, the ensemble has received many prizes for its work. They have won the Deutche Schallplatten Prize several times and the Gramophone award for the best recording of contemporary music in 1999 (Elliott Carter) and 2002 (Harrison Birtwistle). The prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize was awarded to them in 1999 for 'lifetime acheivement' in music.


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The Arditti Quartet on Mode:
Mexico - New Music for Strings (mode 165)
John Cage
Five3 for trombone & string quartet (1991)
with Monique Buzzarté, trombone
(mode 75)
Four (1989)
First recording, written for the Arditti Quartet (mode 27)
44 Harmonies from Apartment House 1776 (1976)
Arranged for String Quartet by Irvine Arditti (1999-2000)
First recording, (mode 144/145)
Music for Four (1987, revised 1988)    (mode 17)
String Quartet in Four Parts (1949/50)
First CD recording (mode 27)
Thirty Pieces for String Quartet (1983)    (mode 17)
Elliott Carter
Fragment II  (1999)  (mode 128)
for string quartet
Quintet for Piano & Strings  (1997)  (mode 128)
Ursula Oppens, The Arditti Quartet
Chaya Czernowin
String Quartet (1995)    (mode 77)
Roland Dahinden
Silberen for piano and string quartet
Hildegard Kleeb, piano; The Arditti Quartet. (mode 138)
Peter Maxwell Davies
String Quartet  (1952)  (mode 59)
Lei Liang
Brush-Stroke (mode 210)
Alvin Lucier
Navigations for Strings; Small Waves (mode 124)
Gerard Pape String Quartet #2 "Vortex" (1988/89)    (mode 26)
Le Fleuve du Désir
For string quartet (1994)    (mode 67)
For string quartet and UPIC (mode 98/99)
Hilda Paredes
The Seventh Seed (1978)
A chamber opera to a libretto by Karen Whiteson
Lourdes Ambriz, soprano; John Oakley-Tucker, baritone
With The Arditti Quartet; Steven Schick, percussion; Virginia Sublett, soprano; Carol Plantamura, mezzo-soprano; Issac Langen, tenor
Rand Steiger, conductor
(mode 60)

Listen How They Talk: Chamber Music 1998-2001 (mode 149)
Bernadette Speach
les ondes pour quatre (1988)    (mode 105)

Irvine Arditti Profile
The Arditti Quartet web site




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