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40th-anniversary celebrations for the group that has done
more than any other to enrich and expand the string quartet
repertoire of our time just go on and on. As a follow up to
their all-day marathon at Milton Court
in April, the Arditti Quartet brought three more of their
apparently endless supply of late 20th-century classics to
the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet played all the works with -
it is almost unnecessary to say - consummate, extraordinary
Guardian , May 2014
word describes it: Indefatigable. Not just Irvine Arditti's
achievement of leading a string quartet for four decades,
and premiering hundreds of new works, but also his 40th birthday
party: An 11 hour day with three concerts showcasing 15 incredibly
challenging avante-garde pieces (three of them world premieres)
performed by the same four players. Just looking at the programme
made me feel exhausted, yet Arditti thrives on delivering
scores so fiendish that the notes swim before your eyes. I
was mesmerised; first by the technical brilliance of their
playing and the passion that this quartet brings even to the
knotiest modern score, but also by how much works that baffled
me in the 1970's and '80's now sound like familiar classics.
Times, April 2014
a whole day of concerts, three programmes containing 15 works,
three of them world premieres, was hardly enough to convey
the full extent of the Arditti Quartet's achievement across
four decades, and how the recent history of the form would
have been very different without it.
Guardian , April 2014
Quartet 40th Birthday, Milton Court: 'a parade of marvels'.
Telegraph , April 2014
quartet's performance was a spellbinding display of concentrated,
Globe March 2014
of what Arditti did here simply didn't seem physically possible.
Apparently it is.
Times March 2014
burden of time melted away as the Arditti Quartet led us through
the intense viscerality of Lachenmann's musical language.
war ein großer, ja sensationeller Konzertabend, der Maßstäbe
setzte (it was a great, yes sensational concert evening which set
new standards) ; Die Ardittis...agierten auf einem geradezu schwindelerregendem
Spitzenniveau (The Ardittis performed at a dizzyingly top class
level) ; ..das alles ließ einen mehr als einmal den
Atem anhalten vor Bewunderung ( The way they interpreted the music...
took one's breath away more than once).
Darmstadt. Ferneyhough quartets 1-5
Allgemeine Zeitung July 2008
Arditti Quartet were spellbinding.
The Times July 2008
Arditti played the six little pieces of Kurtag's Moments Musicaux
with fabulous concentration, making every silence speak volumes,
but then their command of every challenge this programme threw at
them was astonishing.
Guardian January 2007
don't think there is an ensemble alive that could play this program
with the kind of uncompromising finesse and authority that the Arditti
Quartet displayed on Saturday night. One could not ask for a richer,
more erudite and yes, more passionate demonstration of what contemporary
string quartet writing is all about, than this magnificently conceived
evening. Four different works, all with the capacity to make even
expert musicians sweat bullets, were served up about as perfectly
as anyone can expect. These four musicians' collective intellectual
background, technical command and interpretive confidence all combined
to make an evening that might be a model of contemporary quartet
and Heard International Recital Review
Hall , New York City, December 4th, 2004