Juilliard String Quartet: The Early Columbia Recordings

Release Date: 9/17/2021
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 19439831102
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet, American Art Quartet, Juilliard String Quartet...
Number of Discs: 16

Physical Format:

CD
In Stock
$54.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following up its widely acclaimed reissues of the Juilliard Quartet’s complete Epic and RCA Victor albums – originally issued between 1956 and 1960 – Sony Classical is excited to present a new box set collecting the earliest albums of this august American ensemble. Made between 1949 and 1956 in Columbia’s studio on Manhattan’s 30th St., these landmark recordings are mostly new to CD.

 

From its first appearances in New York, the Juilliard Quartet was identified as a champion of modern music. Its first recordings for American Columbia, all included here, were dedicated to the works of Alban Berg and Béla Bartók (then only recently deceased), as well as to Arnold Schoenberg (still very much alive), and to active American composers including William Schuman. But the heart of this release comprising 16 newly mastered CDs and also featuring works by Mozart, Ravel, Webern, Milhaud, Copland, Peter Mennin, Alexei Haieff and Andrew Imbrie, are three discs containing the premiere of Béla Bartók’s six quartets on records, which were set down in 1949. They appeared on LP and 78s the following year, bringing the Juilliard Quartet its first real celebrity. Recorded on 78-rpm shellacs rather than on tape, this path-breaking set thus consists of live, unedited performances. When reissued some years ago on CD – the only portion of the new Sony Classical box set ever to have appeared before on silver discs – it was rapturously praised in Fanfare magazine for “its joy of discovery, which remains completely fresh and vivid” even though numerous other traversals of the Bartók cycle had appeared in the meantime.

 

Another Juilliard milestone was the premiere of Arnold Schoenberg’s four quartets on records, set down in 1951–52. At last, all these historic Juilliard String Quartet recordings are available to today’s music lovers.

Works on This Recording
1. Cantate de l'enfant et de la mère by Darius Milhaud
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
2. The Household Muse by Darius Milhaud
Performer: Darius Milhaud (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
3. Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz 40 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1908 ; Budapest, Hungary
4. Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 17 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915-1917 ; Budapest, Hungary
5. Quartet for Strings no 3, Sz 85 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; Budapest, Hungary
6. Quartet for Strings no 4, Sz 91 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928 ; Budapest, Hungary
7. Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz 102 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; Budapest, Hungary
8. Quartet for Strings no 6, Sz 114 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; Budapest, Hungary
9. Lyric Suite for String Quartet by Alban Berg
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; Austria
10. Quartet for Strings in F major by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1902-1903 ; France
11. Sextet for String Quartet, Clarinet and Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer: Aaron Copland (Piano), Harold Wright (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; USA
12. Chamber Concerto for Viola and Strings, K. 28 by Ellis B. Kohs
Performer: Ferenc Molnar (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; USA
13. Quartet for Strings no 4 by William Schuman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
14. Concerto à Tre for Violin, Cello and Clarinet by Ingolf Dahl
Performer: Mitchell Lurie (Clarinet), Eudice Shapiro (Violin), Victor Gottlieb (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; United States
15. Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 7 by Arnold Schoenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904-1905 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Quartet for Strings no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 10 by Arnold Schoenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907-1908 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 30 by Arnold Schoenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Quartet for Strings no 4, Op. 37 by Arnold Schoenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; Vienna, Austria
19. Sätze (5) for String Quartet, Op. 5 by Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909 ; Preglhof
20. Quartet for Strings, Op. 3 by Alban Berg
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; Austria
21. Quartet for Strings no 1 by Leon Kirchner
Orchestra/Ensemble: American Art Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USA
22. Quartet for Strings by Irving Fine
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USA
23. Quartet for Strings no 2 by Peter Mennin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951 ; USA
24. Quartet for Strings no 1 by Andrew Imbrie
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
25. Quartet for Strings no 20 in D major, K 499 "Hoffmeister" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
26. Quartet for Strings no 21 in D major, K 575 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1789 ; Vienna, Austria
27. Quartet for Strings no 2 by Virgil Thomson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; France
28. Voyage for Piano by William Schuman
Performer: Beveridge Webster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953 ; USA
29. Quartet for Strings no 1 by Alexei Haieff
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
30. Hermit Songs, Op. 29 by Samuel Barber
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano), Samuel Barber (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952-1953 ; USA
31. Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major by Lukas Foss
Orchestra/Ensemble: American Art Quartet
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ;
32. Quartet for Strings no 1 by William Bergsma
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
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