The Arditti Quartet is known for being able to master even the most fiercely difficult contemporary scores, like the three on this disc: the polyrhythmic contrapuntal complexity of Conlon Nancarrow's 1987 quartet, the extended techniques, fleeting elusiveness and ferocious chaos of Ligeti's Quartet No. 2 (1968), and Henri Dutilleux's Ainsi la nuit (1976), which seems to combine Webern's sonic pulverization with the coloristic refinement of Debussy or Ravel. It's a brilliantly-played sampling of some of the furthest reaches of the string quartet style.
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Stream the Punch Brothers documentary 'How to Grow a Band' this week.
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