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Peter Ruzicka
String Quartets

Peter Ruzicka
Irvine Arditti violin
Graeme Jennings violin
Garth Knox viola
Rohan de Saram cello
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau speaker
"...über ein Verschwinden(3rd String Quartet)
""...fragment..."" Five Epigrams for String Quartet (2nd String Quartet)
Introspezione, Documentation for String Quartet (1st String Quartet)
""...sich verlierend"" for String Quartet and Speaker (4th String Quartet)"

Recorded December 1996 / October 1997
ECM New Series 1694
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The Arditti Quartet, tireless proponents of the experimental and the recondite, received in June '99 the coveted Siemens Prize, Europe's most prestigious contemporary music award.The painstaking care they expend upon Peter Ruzicka's post-modern compositions, fragile music-about-music, is further evidence of why the Ardittis are one of the most highly-acclaimed string quartets of our time. On Ruzicka's 4th quartet, they are joined by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the world-famous lieder/opera singer taking an unfamiliar role as speaker, reading texts by Paul Valery, Peter Handke, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Theodor W. Adorno, Dieter Schnebel, Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann, Cesar Pavese, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, which Ruzicka scatters amid the notes.