America’s greatest and most enduring chamber ensemble – the Grammyâ Award-winning Juilliard String Quartet – celebrates its eighth decade with the release of a new Sony Classical recording of music from three centuries by Ludwig van Beethoven, Béla Bartók and Argentinian-American composer Mario Davidovsky. Click here to listen, download or purchase a CD.
Winner of four Grammy Awards – including a 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, a unique achievement by a chamber ensemble – the Juilliard String Quartet has enjoyed international acclaim since its formation in 1946. A large part of its entire recorded legacy is available on Sony Classical, including earlier Grammy-winning recordings of the Beethoven and Bartók quartets.
The new recording begins with Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”, and it ends with Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, Sz 40. In between, it includes the world premiere recording of Fragments, String Quartet No. 6 by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Mario Davidovsky. The Allegro con brio from the Beethoven quartet is available now.
Linking the masterpieces of Beethoven and Bartók with vital new music is an essential part of the Juilliard String Quartet’s identity. Founded in 1946, and hailed as “the most important American Quartet in history” by The Boston Globe, the Juilliard String Quartet draws on a deep and vital engagement to the classics, while embracing the mission of championing new works, a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. Each performance of the Juilliard String Quartet is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ profound understanding, total commitment, and unceasing curiosity in sharing the wonders of the string quartet literature.