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JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET: Celebrated Early Recordings (1949-1952)

JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET: Celebrated Early Recordings (1949-1952)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2012


Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet


Juilliard String Quartet


Record Label
West Hill Radio Archives




Total Time - 347:16
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JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET: Celebrated Early Recordings (1949-1952)




String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, BB 52


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1 I. Lento 10:32
2 II. Allegretto 8:43
3 III. Introduzione: Allegro 11:58

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, BB 75

4 I. Moderato 11:07
5 II. Allegro molto capriccioso 7:56
6 III. Lento 9:45

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String Quartet No. 3, BB 93

1 I. Prima parte: Moderato - 4:36
2 II. Seconda parte: Allegro - 5:32
3 III. Ricapitulazione della prima parte: Moderato - 3:09
4 IV. Coda: Allegro molto 1:52

String Quartet No. 4, BB 95

5 I. Allegro 6:09
6 II. Prestissimo, con sordino 2:49
7 III. Non troppo lento 5:35
8 IV. Allegretto pizzicato 2:48
9 V. Allegro molto 5:44

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String Quartet No. 5, BB 110

1 I. Allegro 7:22
2 II. Adagio molto 6:00
3 III. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese (Vivace) 4:40
4 IV. Andante 5:00
5 V. Finale: Allegro vivace 7:02

String Quartet No. 6, BB 119

6 I. Mesto - Piu mosso, pesante - Vivace 7:12
7 II. Mesto - Marcia 7:24
8 III. Mesto - Burletta: Moderato 7:14
9 IV. Mesto 7:01

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String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7

1 Nicht zu rasch 11:02
2 Kraftig (nicht zu rasch) 11:05
3 Massig, langsame Viertel 11:45
4 Massig, heiter 7:51

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10

5 I. Massig 6:49
6 II. Sehr rasch 6:24
7 III. Litanei 5:21
8 IV. Entruckung 10:31

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String Quartet No. 3, Op. 30

1 I. Moderato 7:48
2 II. Adagio 8:27
3 III. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato 6:47
4 IV. Rondo: Molto moderato 6:06

String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37

5 I. Allegro molto 8:11
6 II. Comodo 7:11
7 III. Largo 7:51
8 IV. Allegro 7:47

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Lyric Suite

1 I. Allegretto gioviale 2:53
2 II. Andante amoroso 5:54
3 III. Allegro misterioso 3:01
4 IV. Adagio appassionato 6:00
5 V. Presto delirando 4:28
6 VI. Largo desolato 6:17



5 Movements, Op. 5

7 I. Heftig bewegt 2:33
8 II. Sehr langsam 2:24
9 III. Sehr bewegt 0:41
10 IV. Sehr langsam 1:29
11 V. In zarter Bewegung 3:37



String Quartet, Op. 3

12 I. Langsam 9:45
13 II. Massige Viertel 10:08
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 The Julliard String Quartet - Celebrated Early Recordings (1949-52)

The Juilliard String Quartet is a classical music string quartet founded in 1946 at the Juilliard School in New York by the School’s president, the composer William Schuman, and violinist Robert Mann. Their intention was for the group to perform repertory pieces as well as contemporary works expertly, teach other chamber music ensembles, and as the resident quartet at the school increase Juilliard’s prestige. In the words of the JSQ’s website, “The Quartet has consistently realized the credo stated by founders Robert Mann and William Schuman to ‘play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new.’” The JSQ’s acclaimed debut concert given on 23 December 1947 at New York’s Town Hall included Berg’s Lyric Suite; convincing performances of ground-breaking programs followed, such as the Bartók cycle, the American premiere of which was given by the JSQ at Tanglewood in the summer of 1948 (the Bartók Quartets had been performed individually in the U.S. but not as a cycle), and Schoenberg’s four quartets, which they played to the composer before performing them in public. Their early Columbia LPs of these works were highly prized by critics and collectors alike and are released here in new digital transfers.
Digital restoration (2011) by Lani Spahr & Philippe Devereux.
“The combination of superlative playing and interpretative insights makes for an utterly absorbing experience in these works…These are among the great pioneering performances of some of the finest twentieth century chamber music”
Nigel Simeone - International Record Review

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