Juilliard String Quartet   -  Berg / Carter    (Testament  SBT 1374)
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Juilliard String Quartet   -  Berg / Carter    (Testament  SBT 1374)
S0206. JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET: Lyric Suite (Berg); Quartet #2 (Carter); Quartet #3 (William Schuman). (England) Testament Stereo SBT 1374, recorded 1958-60. Final sealed copy! - 749677137427


"Here are more Juilliard Quartet rarities plucked by Testament from the too-long-neglected treasure-trove of RCA's back catalog. These stereo recordings were made in RCA's studios in 1959, with a clarity and transparency that suits the Juilliard's pinpoint playing....These performances have long been unavailable, so we're in Testament's debt for yet another important reissue."

- Classics Today

“Conceived in 1946, the Juilliard Quartet gave its first official performance the next year. The internationally renowned ensemble that at midcentury helped engender a chamber music revival throughout the United States. Robert Mann, the founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, remained with the ensemble for 51 years. By the time he retired in 1997 he had outlasted the entire original lineup, as well several subsequent permutations, to become one of the longest-serving members of any chamber group in the world. Mr. Mann was perennially singled out by critics for his impeccable technique and equally impeccable musical taste. ‘Robert Mann’, Donal Henahan wrote in THE NEW YORK TIMES in 1980, ‘has been largely responsible for the ensemble’s continuity of style and the maintenance of its stature in international chamber music circles’. He had cheerfully forsaken a promising solo career for a life in chamber music because that life entails much – and diplomacy.

From the beginning, the Juilliard Quartet was known for its probing musicality (the group once devoted two full rehearsals to a single measure from Elliott Carter’s Third String Quartet), hard-driving style, which for all its passionate intensity was considered refreshingly unsentimental, and deep commitment to contemporary music. Over the years, the Quartet gave thousands of concerts worldwide, recorded extensively and performed repertoire ranging from the complete Beethoven Quartets to the work of Bartok, Schonberg, Lukas Foss, Milton Babbitt and Roger Sessions.”

- Margalit Fox, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 2 Jan., 2018