February 18, 2008, 12:00 am
THE ARDITTI QUARTET
The Quartet has recently completed a recording of the complete string music of Jonathan Harvey which includes his 4 string quartets and string trio.
The Quartet has had a long standing relationship with Jonathan since 1977 and all his quartets were written for the Arditti Quartet.
This should be released by Aeon in the later part of 2008.
Four different venues will play host to the quartet in January 2008.
They begin with a concert for the chamber music society in Basle on 15th with a programme of Kurtag, Carter, Crawford-Seeger and Berg.
On 19th and 20th they will play in Berlin's Ultraschall Festival and continue a collaboration with the Neue Vocalsolisten of Stuttgart performing 3 works with voices by Paredes, Ronchetti and Nova. The Nova 'Octet' will be a premier. The quartet will also perform alone works by Scelsi, Haas, Jimenez and Traversa. The quartet No.2 by Martino Traversa will also be a premier.
The Quartet will then move to Paris, where on 25th and 26th they will perform in the Cité de la Musique quartets by Elliott Carter in a Festival to celebrate his 100th birthday year. There will also be 'tribute' pieces written for the occasion by Birtwistle, Ferneyhough and Reynolds.
On 30th, there will be a concert in the Leipzig Gewandhaus where they will play music by Lachenmann, Ligeti, Nancarrow and Xenakis.
In February there will be an open composition workshop at Kingston University on 14th and 15th with quartets submitted for the occasion.
The quartet will spend 2 days with Brian Ferneyhough rehearsing and discussing the chosen works. 2 or 3 of these quartets will be selected for inclusion in a concert in LSO St Lukes church in London on 16th February.
The concert will also include as well as the 3rd quartet by Ferneyhough his Exordium, which is the short piece written for Carter's centenary and premiered in January. Also in the programme, a new BBC commissioned quartet by Roger Redgate and Paul Archbold's Impacts and Fractures.
The Quartet will then travel to Stockholm for 2 concerts on 19th and 20th February with music by Carter, Ferneyhough, Lachenmann, Moe and Morthenson. The Morthenson work Epilogos will receive its premier.
On 23rd February there will be a concert in the Festival Nous sons, where as well as works by Carter, Hosokawa and Ligeti, new works by Augustin Charles and Jose Rio-Pareja can be heard.
The Quartet will visit Israel at the end of February.
Concerts will take place in April in Salzburg, Basle, Canterbury, Munich and Witten.
On 27th April, the Witten New Music Days will be host to 2 new works by British composers.
The Tree of Strings, Birtwistle's latest work can be heard alongside Ferneyhough's Dum Transisset's I-IV.
The Dum Transisset's were commission by the Salzburg Festival for performance in the summer of 2006 but the work was not completed in time and only the first movement was performed.
Birtwistle's Tree of Strings can be heard in the UK for the first time at the Aldeburgh Festival in late June.