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Carter: The Five String Quartets / Juilliard String Quartet

Juilliard String Quartet
Release Date: 03/18/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 303383   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Elliott Carter
Performer:  Samuel RhodesJoel SmirnoffRobert MannJoel Krosnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When these performances first appeared they were considered remarkable by virtue of the fact that the Juilliard Quartet (or anyone) could play the music at all. Since then, while not exactly repertory pieces, the music has achieved a level of acceptance beyond the merely hagiographic, and the quartets have received fairly regular performances and recordings. If the early Juilliard performances haven’t quite the same measure of executional ease that we hear from the Pacifica Quartet on Naxos, you can argue that the few moments of stress and strain belong to the music’s aural persona. In any case, this set represents a major achievement, a long time in coming.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Elliott Carter’s
Read more five string quartets are landmarks in the American composer’s rich, visionary body of work. And no ensemble has been as essential in bringing these works to life as the Juilliard String Quartet. The members of the quartet were not merely Carter’s able executors – they premiered the Second and Third Quartets – they were his Manhattan neighbors and Juilliard School colleagues. Their performances grew out of a friendship that spanned over half a century. In many ways, the music reflects the personalities and playing styles of the quartet’s personnel.

Elliott Carter’s kaleidoscopic, rigorously organized works established him as one of the most important and enduring voices in contemporary music. The recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes in Music, he composed into his eleventh decade, completing his final work months before his death at 103.

- Brand new landmark recording of String Quartet #5 that, along with the 1990-91 recordings of String Quartets 1 thru 4, completes the full cycle

- Authentic interpretation prepared in collaboration with Elliott Carter

- Produced by Steven Epstein

- Includes essays by David Schiff (author of The Music of Elliott Carter) and quartet members Samuel Rhodes and Joel Krosnick

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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 5 by Elliott Carter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Quartet for Strings no 1 by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Samuel Rhodes (Viola), Joel Smirnoff (Violin), Robert Mann (Violin),
Joel Krosnick (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 41 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Robert Mann (Violin), Joel Krosnick (Cello), Samuel Rhodes (Viola),
Joel Smirnoff (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 23 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Quartet for Strings no 3 by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Joel Smirnoff (Violin), Robert Mann (Violin), Samuel Rhodes (Viola),
Joel Krosnick (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 30 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Quartet for Strings no 4 by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Joel Smirnoff (Violin), Samuel Rhodes (Viola), Joel Krosnick (Cello),
Robert Mann (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 28 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Fantasia: Maestoso (quarter note=72) {m.1} *
Allegro scorrevole (quartet note=135) {m.356
II. Allegro scorrevole (quarter note=135) {m.1)
Adagio (quarter note=36) {m. 57} Variations (quarter note=72){m.167
III. Variations (quarter note=120) {m.1
Introduction (quarter note=105) (m.1)
I. Allegro fantastico (quarter note=112) (m.35)
Cadenza for Viola (m. 135)
II. Presto scherzando (quarter note=175) (m.171)
Cadenza for Cello (m.243)
III. Andante espressivo (quarter note=175) (m.286)
Cadenza for Violin I (m.373)
IV. Allegro (m.427)
Conclusion (quarter note=105) (m.599)
Duo II: Maestoso (giusto sempre) - Pause - Grazioso - Giusto, meccanico ; Duo I: Furioso (quasi rubato sempre) - Leggerissimo - Andante espressivo - Pause
Duo II: Giusto, meccanico (cont.) - Pause - Scorrevole; Duo I: Giocoso - Pause
Duo II: Scorrevole (cont.) - Giusto, meccanico - Grazioso; Duo I: Leggerissimo - Furioso - Pause
Duo II: Grazioso (cont.) - Maestoso - Pause; Duo I: Giocoso - Andante Espressivo
Duo II: Largo tranquillo - Appassionato - Largo tranquillo; Duo I: Andante espressivo (cont.) - Pause - Leggerissimo - Giocoso - Furioso
Duo II: Scorrevole - Appassionato - Coda; Duo I: Furioso (cont.) - Andante espressivo - Furioso - Coda
Appassionato (half note=63) {m.1
Scherzando (stesso tempo) {m.118
Lento (stesso tempo) {m.214
Presto (half note=94.5) {m.312
Interlude I
Lento espressivo
Interlude II
Presto scorrevole
Interlude III
Allegro energico
Interlude IV
Adagio sereno
Interlude V

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