Juilliard String Quartet - Reviews


"Every detail, from technical virtuosity to balance, is set nakedly in front of the listener. And each of these hurdles, big and small, were navigated with grace by these four fine players. The music pulsed and sang. This was a deeply burnished performance that captured the full emotional spectrum while also displaying ensemble playing that would be hard to surpass." - Beethoven's Quartetto Seriouso, MUSICAL TORONTO, October 14, 2016

"The Juilliard’s bracing, rhythmically adept performance evoked a mechanism of interlocking parts, meticulously built to create a single, strong gesture." - Mozart, Wernick, and Debussy at Rockport Music, THE BOSTON GLOBE, March 22, 2016

"Krosnick with violist Roger Tapping, then Lin with violinist Ronald Copes, so vividly realized Carter's score that you hated saying goodbye." - Schubert, Brahms, and Carter at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, THE PHILLY, March 1, 2016

“Beautiful playing from the four individuals was the highlight of the variations, and the hell-for-leather finale was played with a combination of tight control and dramatic vitality that seems to be the hallmark of this current incarnation of the Juilliard Quartet.“   - Recital: Webern, Haydn and Schubert, THE PLAIN DEALER, December 3, 2014

“Everything about the Juilliard’s traversal of the great “Death and the Maiden” Quartet was beautiful in sound, impeccable in rhythm and ensemble, and richly dramatic.“   - Recital: Berg and Schubert at PCMS, SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL, October 25, 2014

“The Juilliard Quartet delivered the full drama laden within the score, coloring the swirling lines of the first movement with burnished tone and crafting each lyrical phrase with spellbinding focus. They dug in for the more aggressive music that fills the second of the two movements, the lines radiating with a mahogany ensemble quality that rang full in every register... The performance was superb, the interpretation as clear as a country creek.“   - Recital: Webern, Berg and Schubert at Celebrity Series, BOSTON CLASSICAL REVIEW, October 19, 2014

“The Juilliard String Quartet can plausibly be called the most important American quartet in history... the performances of Webern and Berg were sensational. I have never heard Webern’s Five Movements (Op. 5) sound so complete — structurally, emotionally, musically. The Juilliard adroitly captured the bits of Viennese nostalgia hiding in Webern’s epigrammatic phrases, and virtually every moment — the slashing energy of the third movement, the desolation of the fourth — was charged with electricity... The performance united X-ray clarity among the parts, technical precision, and sheer passion, an amalgam it is hard to imagine being bettered... Some groups seem to wrestle with their past and legacy; the Juilliard seems completely revitalized. ...It may be just hitting its stride.“   - Recital: Webern, Berg and Schubert at Celebrity Series, THE BOSTON GLOBE, October 19, 2014

“Sony’s new two-CD set adds a 2013 recording of Carter’s Fifth Quartet to the earlier four, and there are personnel changes, too, with Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes replacing Robert Mann and Joel Smirnoff on violins. It’s a truly beautiful performance, both witty and poignant, and captured in close, analytical sound.“   - CD: The Five String Quartets by Elliott Carter, THE STRAD, July 4, 2014

“The Juilliard String Quartet here demonstrates the value of its close relationship with Elliott Carter in negotiating the difficulties of this most challenging of composers... The Juilliard handles these problems, and the complex ‘metric modulation‘ of String Quartet No 1, with a grace and dexterity that surely belies the industry involved.“   - CD: The Five String Quartets by Elliott Carter, THE INDEPENDENT, March 22, 2014