Holiday Shop


WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Juilliard String Quartet Plays Schubert & Brahms


Release Date: 11/06/2012 
Label:  Sony (Nax615)   Catalog #: 1991732  
Composer:  Franz SchubertJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Charles NeidichWalter Trampler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Number of Discs: 5 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $22.98
CD:  $21.49
In Stock



Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of some of the earlier releases that make up this set

Clarinet Quintet, String Quartets

Pathological self-doubt consigned twenty Brahms quartets to oblivion between 1853 and 1873. At forty, still awed by Beethoven (‘you have no idea how it feels,’ he lamented, ‘continually hearing such a giant behind you’), he adjudged his Op. 51 works worthy of publication, though Beethoven’s spectral presence lingered until the completion of his First Symphony and Op. 67 quartet in 1876. Op. 51/1, its turbulent emotions repressed behind austere polyphonic formalism, receives assured playing from the Britten Quartet. Here, and throughout this set, its taut, incisive manner, juxtaposing athleticism,
Read more poignancy and physical stress, seems admirable.

The Juilliard Quartet, heard in the acoustically inviting Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in New York, has phenomenal empathy with the Brahmsian idiom; its accounts are more eloquently considered, passionately argued, and are imbued with an opulence which the Brittens never equal. Brahms’s personal maxim ‘Frei, aber einsam’ (‘Free, but solitary’), the dictum of his majestic A minor quartet, assumes lyrically imploring gravity here; first violinist Robert Mann, among the great quartet leaders of the century, has seldom sounded so beguiling.

Charles Neidich’s fastidiously cerebral account of the richest fruit of Brahms’s friendship with Meiningen clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, the Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115, is exemplary. Neidich sounds aptly conservative beside Richard Stoltzman’s burgeoning RCA Victor performance with the Tokyo Quartet, while the Juilliard’s interpretations of the three string quartets are the stuff of charismatic greatness.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

– Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine

The Juilliard's approach to nineteenth-century music always put first priority upon temporal control, with conventional expressivity and tonal elegance given subordinate value. It is that level of control which is the major factor of distinction in the present recordings of the quartets, which are set out with great poise and metrical subtlety. Robert Mann's increasingly creative dealings with the problems of intonational accuracy do not detract in any substantial way from the intensity of these performances.

Charles Neidich is gracefully intense, in consistently firm control of his contribution to the clarinet quintet. This performance is so thoroughly fine that it substantially elevates the desirability of the whole set. Clean, well-balanced, warm recording. Strongly recommended.

– John Wiser, Fanfare Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in C minor, D 703/Op. posth "Quartettsatz" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
3.
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 
4.
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 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Austria 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
8.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
9.
Quintet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 88 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Walter Trampler (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10.
Quintet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 111 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Walter Trampler (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Austria 
Length: 30 Minutes 46 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In