Approaching Thomas Ades' Idyllic String Quartet 'Arcadiana'
This complex modern masterwork is a ticket to paradise
Despite its idyllic title and parallel- universe glaze, Arcadiana presents intricate, formidably difficult ensemble work studded with intimidating harmonics (natural and artificial) and other technical devices seemingly every step of the way. Violinist Irvine Arditti notes that “the music of Tom Ades is to be taken very seriously. His scores are filled with precise details which performers need to understand before they begin. I have played and rehearsed with Tom on numerous occasions and know that he is aware of every note he has written and can hear if the interpretation is accurate. Every nuance of the score is in his ears.”
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