Arditti Quartet

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.

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 PapeString 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)

Ming Tsao

Pathology of Syntax (mode 268)


Irvine Arditti


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