Arditti Quartet launches Ligeti series with wondrous, strange sounds

Chicago Tribune

By John von Rhein

One of the most interesting aspects of the valuable series devoted to the music of Gyorgy Ligeti that University of Chicago Presents is producing this season will be tracing the influence of this giant of the European postwar avant-garde on the compositional landscape he left behind at his death in 2006.

For the opening concert of the Ligeti Series on Friday night at Mandel Hall, the Arditti Quartet logically set two of Ligeti’s chamber masterpieces alongside the music that directly influenced those works: the six string quartets of his Hungarian countryman, Bela Bartok, which constitute as important a body of quartets as any composed in the 20th century.

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