Arditti String Quartet

The Arditti Quartet is all about new music. For over forty years, the quartet has been playing and commissioning new music, working with countless renowned composers.

On the Night Plain

  • 20:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 37

Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti violin
Ashot Sarkissjan violin
Ralf Ehlers viola
Lucas Fels cello

Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Andrew Bulbrook violin
Jonathan Moerschel viola
Eric Byers cello

Signum Quartett
Florian Donderer violin
Annette Walther violin
Xandi van Dijk viola
Thomas Schmitz cello

Annechien Koerselman stage direction
Ascon de Nijs set design

Arvo Pärt Fratres
Steve Reich Different Trains
Pascal Dusapin String Quartet no. 5

Valentin Silvestrov String Quartet no. 1
Henryk Górecki String Quartet no. 2, op. 64 ‘Quasi una fantasia

Morton Feldman Structures for String Quartet
Kevin Volans String Quartet no. 12

Terry Riley Cadenza on the Night Plain

The pre-concert talk will be given by Alex Ross (in English).

Concert ends at around 00:30hrs

Each festival edition features a concert on the Friday evening that breaks with all conventions: a staged, spectacularly unique event of unprecedented length that provides the string quartet with a new canvas to play with. Eight works for string quartet – each more unorthodox than the other – with Different Trains and Cadenza on the Night Plain as the programme’s two main focal points.

Embark on a four-hour journey exploring humanity and human endeavour – destruction, beauty, emotion and their natural limits. The journey takes in five substantial but highly unusual works of the string quartet canon: Fratres, Different Trains, Górecki’s second string quartet, Structures for String Quartet and Cadenza on the Night Plain.

The pre-concert talk will be given at 7.15pm by Alex Ross (in English)

Calder (C) Autumn de Wilde (2)
Calder b:w_Autumn de Wilde
Signum Quartet


  • 11:30
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti violin
Ashot Sarkissjan violin
Ralf Ehlers viola
Lucas Fels cello

The Arditti Quartet is synonymous with new music. Stockhausen, Lachenmann, Kurtág, Ferneyhough, Andriessen, to name just a few – in the course of more than forty years, the quartet has intensively collaborated with hundreds of composers to create new string quartet repertoire.

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Just take a look at a score from the Arditti Quartet’s repertoire; clearly, a lot of music is anything but straightforward. The quartet regularly wrestles its way through scores in which music staves, bars and even notes are markedly absent. For this reason, the quartet examines the issue of notation in this lecture-recital: what does it mean and what are the implications of notation for both the player and listener? 

NB This programme will be presented in English.

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