Arcadiana - 1994

String Quartet

Commissioned by the Endellion String Quartet with funds from the Holst Foundation

Programme Notes

I Venezia notturno

II Das klinget so herrlich, das klinget so schon

III Auf dem Wasser zu singen

IV Et? (tango mortale)

V L?Embarquement

VI O Albion

VII Lethe

Six of the seven titles which comprise Arcadiana evoke various vanished or vanishing ?idylls?. The odd-numbered movements are all aquatic, and would splice if played consecutively. I might be the ballad of some lugubrious gondolier; III takes a title and a figuration from a Schubert Lied; in V a ship is seen swirling away to L?Isle Joyeuse; VII is the River of Oblivion.

The second and sixth movements inhabit pastoral Arcadias, respectively: Mozart?s ?Kingdom of Night?, and more local fields. The joker in this pack is the fourth movement, the literal dead centre: Poussin?s tomb bearing the inscription Even in Arcady am I.

Arcadiana was commissioned by the Endellion Quartet with funds from the Holst Foundation.

Recordings

Upcoming Performances

  • October 16 2019
    Kleiner Saal, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany
    Heath String Quartet
  • January 30 2020
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Signum Quartet
  • March 19 2020
    silent green Kulturquartier, Berlin, Germany
    Kosuke Yoshikawa, Richard Polle, Lydia Rinecker, Hans-Jakob Eschenburg

Past Performances

  • November 16 1994
    Cambridge Elgar Festival, West Road Concert Hall, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • March 16 1995
    BBC Lunchtime Concert, St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • June 9 1995
    Spitalfields Festival, London, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • June 20 1995
    BBC, , United Kingdom
  • July 4 1995
    Cheltenham Festival, Pittville Pump Room, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • October 2 1995
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
  • March 6 1996
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
  • April 8 1996
    Christ & St Stephen's Church, New York, USA
    Speculum Musicae
  • November 1 1996
    Miller Theatre, Columbia University, USA
    Speculum Musicae
  • May 23 1998
    Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    Arditti Quartet
  • May 31 1998
    Bath International Music Festival, Guildhall/3.30pm, United Kingdom
    Arditti String Quartet
  • July 3 1998
    BBC Radio 4, , United Kingdom
    Arditti Quartet
  • October 30 1998
    National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria
    New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia
  • February 13 1999
    Roehampton Institute, London, United Kingdom
    Arditti Quartet
  • February 17 1999
    Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, USA
    Borromeo String Quartet
  • February 24 1999
    Goehrfest, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Endellion String Quartet
  • March 3 1999
    Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • March 9 1999
    Helsinki Festival, Temppeliaukio Church, Finland
    Avanti!, Raili Viljakainen
  • March 30 1999
    Osterfestspiele Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • May 5 1999
    National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
    Arditti Quartet
  • May 7 1999
    Toronto, Ford Centre, North York, Canada
    Arditti Quartet
  • May 25 1999
    Rouen, Théâtre des Arts, France
    Arditti Quartet
  • October 2 1999
    Miller Theatre, Columbia University, USA
    Locrian Chamber Players
  • November 7 1999
    Hotel Romerbad, Badenweiler, Germany
    Arditti Quartet
  • November 24 1999
    Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, St Paul's Hall, United Kingdom
    Arditti Quartet
  • December 3 1999
    Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom
    Archinto Quartet
  • January 14 2000
    RNCM Quartetfest, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Archinto Quartet
  • February 26 2000
    Alfreton Hall, Alfreton, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • April 29 2000
    deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
    Arditti Quartet
  • May 11 2000
    St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Newbury Spring Festival, United Kingdom
    Endellion String Quartet
  • June 24 2000
    Greek Theatre, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
    (ballet), Change Performing Arts (chor. Karole Armitage)
  • July 9 2000
    Herodes Atticus Theatre, Athens, Greece
    (ballet), Orchestra of Colours, (chor. Karole Armitage), Change Performing Arts, chor. Karole Armitage
  • July 10 2000
    Herodes Atticus Theatre, Athens, Greece
    (ballet), Orchestra of Colours, (chor. Karole Armitage), Change Performing Arts
  • August 12 2000
    Marlboro Music Festival, , USA
  • November 2000
    Danish Radio, , Denmark
    Aarhus Sinfonietta, Geoffrey Douglas Madge, New Hellenic Quartet, Tamas Veto
  • November 10-11 2000
    Musikhost 2000, Odense, Denmark
    Geoffrey Douglas Madge, Huw Rhys James, New Hellenic Quartet, Nimrod Opera
  • February 20 2001
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Borromeo Quartet
  • March 7 2001
    Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom
    Tippett Quartet
  • March 8 2001
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
  • March 14 2001
    Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand
  • March 15 2001
    Founders Theatre, Hamilton, New Zealand
    Endellion String Quartet
  • March 17 2001
    Century Theatre, Napier, New Zealand
    Endellion String Quartet
  • March 22 2001
    Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin, New Zealand
    Endellion String Quartet
  • March 26 2001
    Nelson School of Music, Nelson, New Zealand
  • April 19 2001
    Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Arditti Quartet
  • May 8 2001
    WDR, , Germany
  • June 17 2001
    Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    Arditti Quartet
  • September 19 2001
    Gamle Logen, Oslo, Norway
    Vertavo Quartet
  • October 14 2001
    Holywell Music Room, Oxford, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • February 26 2002
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • May 29 2002
    Salle Cortot, Paris, France
    Ensemble Alternance, Jay Gottlieb
  • July 8, August 8 2002
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Arditti Quartet, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Sir Simon Rattle
  • October 12 2002
    Robert Schumann Sall, Tonhalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
    Arditti Quartet
  • October 15 2002
    ISCM World Music Days, City Hall, Hong Kong
    Ensemble Antipodes
  • October 16 2002
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
  • October 18 2002
    Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, USA
    Endellion Quartet
  • October 30 2002
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Endellion Quartet
  • April 6 & 26 2003
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
  • May 2003
    Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy
    Quartetto Prometeo
  • August 2 2003
    Bargemusic, New York, USA
    Chamber Domaine, Chamber Domaine (Helen Meyerhoff, Stephen De Pledge)
  • September 16 2003
    Musica Viva, Museu dos Transportes, Coimbra Música Viva, Museu dos Transportes, Coimbra, Portugal
    Ensemble Antipodes
  • November 27 2003
    Small Hall, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Belcea Quartet
  • December 10 2003
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Belcea Quartet
  • April 23 2004
    Stadthalle, Aalen, Germany
    Vertavo Quartet
  • May 18 2004
    Bury St Edmunds Festival, Theatre Royal, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • May 26 2004
    Prague Spring Festival, Spanish Hall, Czech Republic
    Arditti Quartet
  • February 23 2005
    Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • September 16 & 19 2005
    Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom
    Chilingirian Quartet, Contemporary Consort
  • January 26 2006
    De Toonzaal, Den Bosch, Netherlands
    Zephyr Quartet
  • January 29 2006
    Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Zephyr Quartet
  • March 23 2006
    Throckmorton Theater, San Francisco, USA
    Left Coast Ensemble
  • March 27 2006
    The Green Room, San Francisco, USA
    Left Coast Ensemble
  • June 18 2006
    Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    Belcea Quartet
  • July 24 2006
    Montpellier, Radio France, France
    Diotima Quartet
  • September 20 2006
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Keller Quartet
  • October 15 2006
    NDR, Hamburg, Germany
    Arditti Quartet, tbc
  • January 7 2007
    PLG New Year Series, Purcell Room, London, United Kingdom
    Heath String Quartet
  • March 1-5 2007
    Presences Festival, Paris, France
    Berlin PO, Bertrand Chamayou, Diotima Quartet, Faycal Karoui, Jean Deroyer, Laurent Petitgirard, Orchestre Colonne, Orchestre de Pau, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Quatuor Diotima, Sir Simon Rattle
  • March 25 2007
    , 'Traced Overhead', LSO St Luke's, London, United Kingdom
    Arditti Quartet
  • May 1 2007
    Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom
    Belcea Quartet
  • May 12 2007
    Max-Joseph-Saal der Residenz, Munich, Germany
    Irene Simon-Renes, Kirsty Hilton, Sebastian Klinger, Tobias Breider
  • June 14 2007
    Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    Belcea Quartet
  • July 13 2007
    Chamber Music Australia, Melbourne, Australia
    Navarra Quartet
  • September 9 2007
    Beethoven Festival, Bonn, Germany
    Arditti Quartet
  • November 1 2007
    Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, USA
    Jupiter String Quartet
  • January 6 2008
    Chamber Music America, St Luke's Lutheran Church, New York, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • May 27 2008
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA
    Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Tal Rosner (video)
  • July 19 2008
    Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
    Endellion String Quartet, Louise Hopkins, Matthew Hunt, Simon Blendis, Thomas Ades:piano, Matthew Hunt:clarinet, Simon Blendis: violin, Louise Hopkins: cello
  • January 20 2009
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Endellion Quartet
  • February 13 2010
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Danish String Quartet
  • May 27 2010
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA
    Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Tal Rosner (Video Artist)
  • June 24 2010
    Greek Theatre, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
    Change Performing Arts (Ballet), Karole Armitage (Choreographer)
  • July 9-10 2010
    Herodes Atticus Theatre, Athens, Greece
    Orchestra of Colours, Change Performing Arts (Ballet), Karole Armitage (Choreographer)
  • July 19 2010
    Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
    Thomas Adès (Piano), Endellion String Quartet, Louise Hopkins (Cello), Matthew Hunt (Clarinet), Simon Blendis (Violin)
  • February 6 2011
    Oxford Chamber Music Society, Holywell Music Room, Oxford, United Kingdom
    Danish String Quartet
  • February 13 2011
    Wigmore Hall, London,
    Danish String Quartet
  • March 2 2011
    Empty Bottle, Chicago, USA
    Spektral Quartet
  • June 19 2011
    Holland Festival, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • October 2 2011
    Hertz Hall, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • March 6 2012
    Theatre Laurent Terzieff, Musique en Scene, Lyon, France
    Arditti String Quartet
  • May 4 2012
    Sounds New Festival, Canterbury, United Kingdom
    Arditti String Quartet
  • June 22 2012
    Espro. Ircam, Paris, France
    Arditti String Quartet
  • August 14 2012
    St James Cathedral, Chicago, USA
    Spektral Quartet
  • August 20 2012
    Edinburgh International Festival, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Calder Quartet
  • January 18 2013
    Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom
    Mivos Quartet
  • April 29 2013
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Benyounes Quartet
  • August 3 2013
    Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, New York City, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • October 21 2013
    Heritage Hall, Vancouver, Canada
    Calder Quartet
  • November 24 2013
    Phillips Collection, Washington, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • January 24 2014
    Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, United Kingdom
    Quatuor Voce
  • January 31 2014
    Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA
    The Parker Quartet
  • February 20 2014
    Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • July 6 2014
    Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • July 7 2014
    Luzerne Music Center, Lake Luzerne, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • July 18 2014
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Cavaleri Quartet
  • July 21 2014
    Tent Concert Hall, Mendocino, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • September 12 2014
    Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, USA
    A Far Cry
  • September 13 2014
    Hamilton College, Clinton, USA
    A Far Cry
  • September 14 2014
    Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, Amherst, USA
    A Far Cry
  • September 30 2014
    Finney Chapel, Oberlin, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • November 22 2014
    Gildenhorn Recital Hall, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, , USA
    Calder Quartet
  • February 17 2015
    Sprague Hall, Yale University, New Haven, USA
    Danish String Quartet
  • February 20 2015
    Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • February 22 2015
    Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Auditorium, New York City, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • February 25 2015
    Newman Centre, University of Denver, Denver, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • March 1 2015
    Beall Concert Hall, Eugene, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • March 28 2015
    Alfred Newman Recital Hall, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
    Penderecki String Quartet
  • April 25 2015
    Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • April 30 2015
    St Michael, Cologne, Germany
    Signum Quartet
  • May 9 2015
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Signum Quartet
  • July 3 2015
    St Brendan's Church, Bantry, Ireland
    Signum Quartet
  • August 7 2015
    Lincoln Center, New York City, USA
    Danish String Quartet
  • October 4 2015
    Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Danish String Quartet
  • November 1 2015
    The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom
    Calder Quartet
  • December 1 2015
    Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, Portland, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • February 15 2016
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Endellion String Quartet
  • March 29 2016
    Rice University, Houston, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • April 10 2016
    Jurriaanse Zaal, De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Ralph van Raat, DoelenKwartet
  • April 13 2016
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Ralph van Raat, DoelenKwartet
  • May 22 2016
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Kuss Quartet
  • June 12 2016
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Danish String Quartet
  • August 2 2016
    Wiener Saal, Stiftung Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria
    Calder Quartet
  • September 21 2016
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Danish String Quartet
  • November 18 2016
    Phillips Recital Hall, Gordon College, Wenham, USA
    Borromeo String Quartet
  • December 15 & 17 2016
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Calder Quartet, Danish String Quartet
  • February 5 2017
    Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden
    Gageego
  • February 18 2017
    Washington Irving High School, New York City, USA
    Musicians from Marlboro Festival, Vermont
  • March 25 2017
    Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Calder Quartet, Nicolas Hodges, Timothy Redmond
  • April 12 2017
    Herbst Theatre, San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Centre, San Francisco, USA
    Calder Quartet
  • August 5, 7 & 9 2017
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Endellion String Quartet, National Youth Orchestra
  • September 3 2017
    Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia
    Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, William Hennessy
  • September 8 2017
    Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
    Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, William Hennessy
  • September 9 2017
    Town Hall, Daylesford, Australia
    Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, William Hennessy
  • November 3 2017
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Calder Quartet
  • December 13 2017
    Boulez Saal, Berlin, Germany
    Signum Quartet
  • February 20 2018
    Lee and Thomas Beam Music Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
    Lydian Quartet
  • June 20 2018
    Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, USA
    Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury

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