Saariaho, Saxton and Birtwistle : The Arditti String Quartet – Irving Arditti, Ashot Sarkissjan, violins, Ralf Ehlers, viola, Lucas Fels, cello – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 10.5.2011 (CG)
Ives, Prokofiev, and Nielsen: Jonathan Pasternack (conductor), Elisa Barston (violin), University Symphony, Meany Hall, Seattle, 10.5.2011 (BJ)
Not All String Quartets Are The Same : Gavin Dixon talks with the Ligeti Quartet (GDn)
The Ligeti Quartet are very rare breed, a young quartet who specialise in contemporary music. Gavin Dixon meets up with them to hear about getting to grips with the toughest music in the repertoire, performing at some unusual venues, and what to pick from the menu when you’re eating Japanese.
Chopin: Charles Rosen, St James’ Church, Chipping Campden, 11.5.2011 (RJ)