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Elliott Carter: The Five String Quartets / Juilliard String Quartet

Album Summary

>Carter, Elliott : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Carter, Elliott : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Carter, Elliott : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Carter, Elliott : Quartet for Strings no 4
>Carter, Elliott : Quartet for Strings no 5
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Elliott Carter's five string quartets are landmarks in the American composer's rich, visionary body of work. And no ensemble has been as essential in bringing these works to life as the Juilliard String Quartet. The members of the quartet were not merely Carter's able executors - they premiered the Second and Third Quartets - they were his Manhattan neighbors and Juilliard School colleagues. Their performances grew out of a friendship that spanned over half a century. In many ways, the music reflects the personalities and playing styles of the quartet's personnel.

Elliott Carter's kaleidoscopic, rigorously organized works established him as one of the most important and enduring voices in contemporary music. The recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes in Music, he composed into his eleventh decade, completing his final work months before his death at 103.



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Works Details

>Carter, Elliott : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
  • Notes: American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, New York City (12/08/1990-12/10/1990)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Carter, Elliott : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Notes: American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, New York City (05/28/1991-06/15/1991)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Carter, Elliott : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Notes: American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, New York City (05/28/1991-06/15/1991)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Carter, Elliott : Quartet for Strings no 4
  • Notes: American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, New York City (05/28/1991-06/15/1991)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1986

>Carter, Elliott : Quartet for Strings no 5
  • Notes: Concert Hall of The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (04/15/2013-04/17/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1994-1995