– Other string quartets can’t hold a candle to the Ardittis! [John Cage]
What connects the Ardittis to the Norwegian contemporary music scene can be said in one word: Ultima. Since 1999 this music festival in Oslo have commissioned a new piece from a Norwegian composer to be premiered at the festival by the Arditti Quartet in its annual Ultima concert.
Four distinctive voices
And now four of the first quartets written for the Arditti in this setting are available on CD. The composers are recognized as among the finest and most daring in Norway. Berstad, Ness, Kahrs and Wallin represent four distinctive artistic voices that have made an impression with audiences both at home an abroad, including festivals such as Presense, Donaueschingen, Huddersfield, World New Music Days and more.
As is to be expected from them, the Arditti Quartet brings the idea and realization of new music another step forward in this project, for instance by involving elements from the electronica noise scene. Computers and amplification is mixed in with the real thing on this recording in such a way that it makes for a quartet CD quite different from anything you have ever heard.