Required Listening


Sony has reissued the Juilliard Quartet’s recording of the first four string quartet’s by Elliott Carter with a special bonus: a 2013 recording of the composer’s Fifth Quartet (1995). The latter is an excellent addition to the set, a playful rendition that really ‘gets’ Carter’s idea of the piece as a chamber music rehearsal. This practice session model helps to explain the bits of material that seem to be ‘tried out.’ then later reintegrated into the work more fully formed. The Juilliard Quartet were long term collaborators with Carter, premiering two of the quartets and rehearsing all five extensively with him. It seems only fitting that their quartets set is finally ‘complete.’

Published by christiancarey

Composer Christian Carey's music has been performed by ACME, Ashlee Mack, Aspen New Music Ensemble, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, Cassatt String Quartet, Choir of Grace Church Newark, Ionisation New Music Ensemble, Jody Redhage, Joe Arndt, John McMurtery, Locrian Chamber Players, loadbang, Megan Ihnen, New York New Music Ensemble, Wendy Richman, and others.

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