May 30, 2001 |
Five minutes before the Arditti Quartet was scheduled to appear on the stage of the Leo S. Bing Theater on Monday night, first violinist Irvine Arditti was sitting at an outdoor table in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art plaza casually smoking a cigar and shooting the breeze. He seemed in no hurry to get on stage.
March 25, 1998 |
Elliott Carter's recent String Quartet No. 5 is a marvel. For some years now, the American composer, who turns 90 in December, has been modeling his very brainy music on the brain itself. In the brief notes he supplied for the score, completed three years ago for the Arditti String Quartet, Carter notes that, in the real world, music is made in a fashion similar to the way brain makes thoughts. Chamber musicians in rehearsal, for instance, work in a fragmented fashion.
March 21, 1998 |
It's not the usual bunch of suspects, and it never will be. Other string quartets may play some 20th century music, usually sandwiched between melodious 19th century works, but the Arditti String Quartet exists solely to play contemporary music. The 19th century, except for one thorny work, be damned.
May 2, 1997 |
Six groups will play here next season under the combined auspices of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Laguna Chamber Music Society. Four of them will be making their first appearances for the societies, and one--the Brentano String Quartet--will feature the winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Competition, which takes place in June. The Brentano quartet will play Feb. 24. The Tchaikovsky Piano Trio (Nov. 24), the Paris Piano Trio (Jan.
March 8, 1995 |
Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus played host on Sunday afternoon to those masters of the modern idiom, London's Arditti String Quartet. The Arditti delivers its demanding goods with the elegance of tone and technical finish that other, more tradition-oriented groups would provide for Mozart, Brahms or Bartok.
April 20, 1994 |
The Ahmanson Atrium at the L.A. County Museum of Art, a three-story high chimney of a space, lined with hard, polished surfaces, would be a perilous venue for many musical situations. But the natural reverberation enhanced an evening of sonic explorations when the Arditti String Quartet arrived here Monday for a performance sponsored by the Independent Composers Assn.