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Juilliard String Quartet: The Complete Epic Recordings (1956-66)


Release Date: 03/02/2018 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88985470132  
Composer:  Benjamin LeesWilliam DennyWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Leon Fleisher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Number of Discs: 11 
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The first ever release of the Juilliard String Quartet’s complete Epic recordings from 1956 to 1966 in a single 11-CD edition.

4 LPs appearing for the first time on CD, 8 CDs remastered from the original analogue tapes using 24 bit / 192 kHz technology.

Facsimiles LP sleeves and labels, booklet with full discographical notes.

The Juilliard String Quartet have been leaders in their field for well over half a century. Their continuing legacy is celebrated by Sony Classical over eleven albums, collecting their complete recordings for Epic Records, made between 1956 and 1966. “I do not want to give the impression that these are exhibitionist performances”, wrote Gramophone in 1963. “You don’t keep
Read more thinking what a wonderful ensemble the Juilliard is; you keep thinking what wonderful quartets Mozart wrote”. Mozart’s six “Haydn” Quartets received, on this 1962 recording, “the best performances I have ever heard”, the stunned Gramophone critic wrote. Billboard agreed, writing that they “fairly glisten with the high polish of technical perfection”.

The Juilliard’s other recordings of the classics were no weaker. A fine 1963 recording of No. 15 in G major is also reissued for the first time as are the Juilliard’s 1964 recordings of Mendelssohn’s Second and Third Quartets, and a trio of Haydn quartets, op. 54, from 1966. The quartet’s 1965 recording of Beethoven’s three Razumovsky Quartets and his “Harp”, op. 74, are also included in the set. So is a collaboration with another venerable artist still active today, Leon Fleisher: the Juilliard and Fleisher’s rendering of Brahms’ Piano Quintet dates from 1963.

The Juilliard Quartet’s brilliance in 18th- and 19th-century repertoire is especially impressive for an ensemble originally formed – back in 1946 – to champion 20th-century music. This side of their work is evident from their earliest Epic album: works by the two lesser-known American composers Benjamin Lees and William Denny. Recorded in 1956, this was among the last Juilliard recordings to feature original second violinist Robert Koff. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 by Benjamin Lees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by William Denny
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
3.
Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 18 in A major, K 464 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in E flat major, K 428 (421b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in G major, K 387 "Spring" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in G minor, D 173 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in G major, D 887/Op. 161 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op. 29 no 1 "Rosamunde" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1864; Austria 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 44 no 1 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 13 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Germany 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 
16.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1805-6 
18.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 54 no 1/H 3 no 58 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
20.
Quartet for Strings in E major, Op. 54 no 3/H 3 no 59 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
21.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 54 no 2/H 3 no 57 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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