Garth Knox
In March 2012, Garth Knox's new CD with ECM will be released. Playing viola, viola d'amore and medieval fiddle, he is accompanied by Agnès Vesterman, cello, and Sylvain Lemêtre, percussion, in a wide-ranging repertoire, reaching from Hildegard von Bingen to Kaija Saariaho, and including Dowland, Purcell, Vivaldi and Knox himself, as well as some Irish traditional music. More info :

ECM Records
Ref: ECM New Series 2157

CD Saltarello :

Garth Knox
In reply to an invitation from the innovative net-label Shsk’h, Garth Knox recorded this collection of improvisations on solo viola d’amore in New York in November 2009. Tracks range from “Oriental Blues”, improvisations with amplified sympathetic strings, african-inspired running pizzicato, and a track acompanied by the motor noises of a living sculpture.
Garth Knox’s first online CD is now available for listening and downloading at
Ref: SHSK’H Vol. 5


Garth Knox
Part studies in the viola and part concert music, Knox pushes the envelope in the possibilities of his instrument and creates some really interesting music.  The later tracks on the album are also fun, especially Jonah and the Whale.  What really grabs me about this album is that its fun to listen to regardless of the interesting techniques used.  Its simply good music that a non-expert could enjoy.  Also on the album: Johannes Eva, Julien Heichelbech, Marie Petit, Cyprien Busolini, Aurelien Grais, Carol Robinson, Nathalie Chabot, Agnès Vesterman, and Gerard Buquet. A really fascinating record.
Web Review : New Record roundup17th July 2009 by Doug

Ref: Mode 207


Garth Knox and Agnès Vesrerman
Garth Knox turns his attention to the viola d’amore for the first ECM disc issued under his name. In Knox’s hands this almost-forgotten baroque instrument takes on a new life as he applies it to music from 1600 to the present day. Repertoire includes music by Tobias Hume and Marin Marais from the 17th century, by Attilio Ariosti from the 18th century, by Klaus Huber and Roland Moser from the 20th, and by Knox himself from the 21st. Garth also offers arrangements of folk music from Celtic sources that connect to his own Irish/Scottish heritage. A wonderful programme superbly played by Knox and French cellist Agnès Vesterman.
Ref: ECM 1925


J.S. Bach & Ton de Kruyf, Garth Knox, Brice Pauset, Marcel Reuter, Bernard Struber
At the crossroads between period and modern instruments, Goldberg's Ghost takes possession of the score of the Goldberg Variations of Johann Sebastian Bach, of which the aria, the Quodlibet and the complete canons have been retained, spiced up for the occasion with creations by Garth Knox, Bernard Struber, Ton de Kruyf, Brice Pauset and Marcel Reuter - an astonishing, inspired and prestigious mix. Anne Galowich's delicate harpsichord opens the ball and Garth Knox sets the tone on a viole d'amour, for a fascinating initiatory quest which leads us to reflect about the timelessness of the Cantor's genius.
Ref: Fuga Libera FUG 533


Music composed and improvised on the theme of Utopia, for a conference on this subject in Voralberg in 2007. Performed by Magali Imbert (flutes, percussion) and Garth Knox viola, viola d’amore and medieval fiddle).
Available as a free download at Last Fm.


Passing images
Frode Haltli, acknowledged as one of the most outstanding accordion soloists in contemporary music, is also an exceptional improviser and an authority on folk music. His second ECM recording under his own name brings all of these aspects of his musical character together. Repertoire includes a psalm from the western fjords, a lyrical waltz from Haltlis' home village near the Swedish border, a Roma traveller tune that suggests Albert Ayler's sound-world.
With a supporting cast including Irish-Scottish classical viola player Garth Knox (ex-Arditti Quartet) as well as Norwegian partners composer/singer Maja Ratkje and trumpeter Arve Henriksen, Haltli offers a radical new look at music from traditional sources.

Ref: ECM 1913


The Complete Sequenzas, Alternate Sequenzas
A very complete and exciting new CD of all the Berio Sequenzas in all versions plus some added extras has just been released on Mode. Garth Knox plays Sequenza no VI for viola. Each Sequenza is preceded by a specially written poem by Sanguinetti, an italian poet and friend of Berio.
Ref: Mode 161-163


Les Espaces Acoustiques" by Gérard Grisey, a monumental cycle of pieces which begins with "Prologue" for solo viola issued in January 2005.
Ref: Kairos 0012422KAI


“Risonanze”  by Olga Neuwirth for amplified viola d'amore  March 2005.
Ref: Kairos 0012462KA


An exploration of some of the ideas which interested the so-called "spectral" composers in Paris in the 70s and 80s.
Ref: edition zeitklang


On his first solo CD Garth Knox brings together several key works of the twentieth century for the viola, from the ductile quiverings of James Dillon's "Siorram" to the shadow theatre of Salvatore Sciarinno's three nocturnes "Tre notturni brillanti", through the imaginary folklore of György Ligeti's "Sonata" and the choreographic pirouettes of "Sequenza VI" by Luciano Berio; a fascinating experience between silence and motion. The CD won the coveted Deutsche Schallplatten Preis in Germany. Can be heard on:

Tracks on other CDs

Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 2
in the original version with viola d’amore
Alpha AHP 133
Iannis Xenakis: “Embellie” for solo viola
Montaigne-Auvidis MO 782005
György Ligeti: “Loop” for solo violo/Alfred Schnittke:
solo viola piece
Montaigne-Auvidis MO 782027
Johannes Schöllhorn: “musarion” for solo viol
Accord 201622
Marc Monnet: “Fantasia Bruta” for solo viola 
Montaigne-Auvidis MO 782072
B Hans Zender: “Holderlin Lesen II” for viola, speaker and live electronics with Salome Kamme
Montaigne-Auvidis MO 782049
Arnold Schönberg“La Nuit Transfigurée”
sextet de l’Ensemble InterContemporain, direction Pierre Boulez
Sony SMK 48465
Philippe Schoeller: “Lamento” for viola and bassoon,
with Pascal Gallois
Stradivarius STR 33625
Bruno Maderna: “Viola” for solo viola
Montaigne-Auvidis MO 782049

Recordings with the Arditti Quartet on Montaigne

Wolfgang Rihm: Quartet Nos. 3, 5, 8
MO 782134
  Iannis Xenakis: Chamber Works
MO 782137
  From USA: Nancarrow, Carter, Ives, Yim, Luier, Feldman, Lamont Young, Cage
MO 782139
  Henri Dutilleux: Pascal DUSAPIN
MO 782125
  Helmut Lachenmann: Tanzsuite, Reigen Seliger Geister
MO 782130
  From Germany: Höller, Platz, Spahlinger, Zimmermann
MO 782036
  Arnold Schönberg-2: Quartets Nos. 1-4
MO 782135
  Vienna "1991"
MO 782027
  Arnold Schönberg-3: Verklärte Nacht; String Trio; Phantasy; Chamber Symphony; Quartet in D major; Scherzo; Presto; Petrarca Sonnet; Ode to Napoleon. With Stefan Litwin (pf), Thomas Kakuska (vla), Valentin Erben (vc) and Matthew Carey (bar)
MO 782025
From Italy: Berio Quartet; Bussotti Quartetto Gramsci; Castiglioni Romanze; Donatoni La souris sans sourire; Maderna Quartetto per archi (in due tempi); Melchiorre Quartet No. 2; Scelsi Quartet No. 4; Sciarrino Sei quartetti brevi; Scodanibbio Visas; Stroppa Spirali
MO 782135
  Jonathan Harvey: Quartets Nos. 1 and 2; Scena (for vln and ensemble); Lotuses (for flute and str trio; With Felix Renggli (fl), Nieuw Ensemble and Ed Spanjaard (cond)
MO 782034
  Julio Estrada: Ishini'ioni; Canto Mnémico: Miqi'nahual (for solo db); Yuunohui'se (for solo vln); Yuunohui'yei'nahui (for vc and db); Canto Alterno (for solo vc); Yuunohui'se'ome'yei'nahui (for vln, vla, vc, db); With Stefano Scodanibbio (db) (for vln, vla, vc, db); With Stefano Scodanibbio (db)
MO 782056
  From Scandinavia: Lindberg clarinet quintet (with Kari Kriiku); Saariaho Nymphea; Sorensen Angels Music, Tiensuu Arsenic and Old Lace (with Jukka Tiensuu, hpd)
MO 782141
  Luca Francesconi: Quartet No. 3; Riti Neurali (for vln and ensemble); Plot in Fiction (for oboe and 11 instr); Richiami II (for ensemble); With Asko Ensemble, David Porcelijn, Jonathan Nott and Guido Maria Guida (cond)
MO 782032
  Toshio Hosokawa: Landscape I, II and V; Fragmente II (for alto flute and str quartet); Vertical Time Study III (for vln and pf); With Pierre-Yves Artaud (alto fl), Mayumi Miyata (sho), Ichiro Nora (pf) and Kaoru Nakayama (harp)
MO 782078
  Brian Ferneyhough: 2 Quartet No. 4 (with Sop); Terrain (for vln and ensemble); Kurze Schatten II (for solo guitar); Trittico per G.S. (for solo double bass); With Asko Ensemble and Jonathan Nott (cond), Brenda Mitchell (sop), Magnus Anderson (gtr( and Stefano Scodanibbio (db)
MO 782029
  Elliott Carter: Quatet No. %; Fragment; Figment (for solo vc); 90+ (for solo pf); Duo (for vln and pf); Cello Sonata; With Ursula Oppens (pf)
MO 782122
Bruno Maderna: Quartetto per archi; Quartetto per archi in due tempi; Cadenza (for vln and str trio); Widmung (for solo vln); Dialodia (for two vlns); Piece pour Ivry (for solo vln); Viola (for solo vla); Ständchen für Tini (for vln and vla)
MO 782158
Hans Zender: Hölderlin lesen (for str quartet and voice ad lib.); Hölderlin lesen II (for voice, vla and live elec.); Hölderlin lesen III (for str quartet and voice)
MO 782094
  Karlheinz Stockhausen: Helicopter Quartet (for string quartet, four helicopters with pilots and sound technicians)
MO 782097
  Roger Reynolds: Coconino... a shattered landscape; Visions (for solo vln); Kokoro; Adriadne's Thread; Focus a beam,  emptied of thinking, outward (for solo vc)
MO 782083

Recordings with the Arditti Quartet on Mode Records

Hilda Paredes: The Seventh Seed
mode 60
  Gérard Pape: Le Fleuve du Désir
mode 67
  John Cage: Five3 for trombone & string quartet
mode 75
  Chaya Czernowin: String Quartet
mode 77
  Gérard Pape: Le Fleuve du Désir III for string quartet & UPIC
mode 98/99 O 782122

Other Arditti Quartet recordings on other labels

Mathias Spahlinger: Apo do
  Karlheinz Stockhausen: Helikopter-Streichquartett 
Stockhausen-Verlag 53 A & B
  György Ligeti: Quartets Nos. 1 and 2; Two Movements; Ballade und Tanz (for 2 vlns); Hyllning (for vln and vc)
Sony SK62306
  Francisco Guerrero: Zayin I-VII
Almaviva DS-0127
  Friedrich Cerha: Quartets Nos. 1-3
CPO 999 646-2
  Peter Ruzicka: ... über ein Verschwinden; Klangschatten; “...fragment...”; Introspezione; “ ... sich verlierend” (with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, voice)
ECM 1694
  Horatiu Radulescu: String Quartet No. 4, Opus 33, Infinite to be cannot be infinite
Edition RZ 4002
  Betty Olivero: Golem Suite (with Giora Feidman, cl)
Pläne Verlag 88808

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