S0722. JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET (Mann, Cohen, Hillyer & Adam): Quartet in C, K.465 - Menuet (Mozart); Quartet #8 in e, Op.59, #2 (Beethoven); Quartet in a (Mendelssohn); Quartet #1 in D - Scherzo (Tschaikowsky). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-641, Live Performance, 10 Oct., 1961, St. Petersburg Philharmonia Hall.
"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 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