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The founder of the Arditti Quartet travelled to the Darmstadt Summer Courses at the age of 15 but had his revelatory experience even before attending his first concert there. On arrival at the train station, Irvine Arditti treated himself to a knackwurst and apparently realised from the taste how music should sound: just as tight, as crisp and as piquant. Absolutely focused, highly concentrated playing is the ideal that all quartets strive for, and even trying to approach that ideal requires enormous time and effort. Some of the Danish String Quartet have known each other since childhood. The French Quatuor Diotima and the Cologne-based Signum Quartet were founded in the mid-1990s when their members were students together. The foundations for the Borodin Quartet were laid down as long ago as 1945 and the ensemble has retained its unmistakable character across many generations of musicians. Despite numerous changes the Artemis Quartet too has managed to maintain a continuously high standard. All these quartets have celebrated significant successes yet still work away at achieving the perfect quartet sound. The reward for their efforts is a repertoire that has consistently been one of the most important in music history since Haydn's times. Hear it here in the Quartetto subscription series.