Sunday, July 16, 2006

PREMIERE://Second Rolf Wallin composition for Arditti Quartet

The Norwegian composer has written his second work 'Concerning King' for the popular quartet

From - 06.7.06

The Norwegian experimental composer Rolf Wallin has written a second work for the Arditti Quartet. "Concerning King" receives its world premiere in Stuttgart on July 15, 2006 as part of the ISCM World New Music Days festival. The piece is based on speeches by Martin Luther King, which Wallin has subjected to frequency analysis and then converted into purely instrumental music for the quartet to perform. The end result is a powerful work that represents the extraordinary intensity of King's speaking voice. Wallin is also the featured composer for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra's 2006/2007 season. The orchestra will perform six of Wallin's works over the season. Last May they hosted a Wallin weekend devoted to his orchestral and chamber music.

Over the past 25 years, the Arditti Quartet lead by violinist Irvine Arditti has received many prizes for its work. They have won the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis several times and the Gramophone Award for the best recording of contemporary music in 1999 (Elliott Carter) and 2002 (Harrison Birtwistle). The prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize was awarded to them in 1999 for 'lifetime achievement' in music.

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