Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Kings Place
90 York Way
Kings Cross

N1 9AG


Jonathan HarveyQuartet no. 2
Iannis XenakisTetras
Harrison BirtwistleQuartet no.3, 'The Silk House Sequences'


Arditti Quartet

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Programme Note

In a programme matched only by the technical brilliance and passion of the Arditti Quartet for whom all three works were written, Iannis Xenakis’ breathtaking Tetras, one of the defining works of the modern string quartet repertoire, tops a concert featuring Harrison Birtwistle’s latest quartet and the magically accumulative energy of Jonathan Harvey’s second. 

The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Many hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. Many of 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 Ades, Andriessen, Aperghis, Birtwistle, Britten, Cage, Carter, Denisov, Dillon, Dufourt, Dusapin, Fedele, Ferneyhough, Francesconi, Gubaidulina, Guerrero, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kagel, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Maderna, Manoury, Nancarrow, Reynolds, Rihm, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen and Xenakis and hundreds more show the wide range of music in the Arditti Quartet’s repertoire.


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