RIP Robert Mann (1920-2018)

Saddened by the death of Robert Mann. A founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet, Mann was its first violinist for decades as well as a master teacher and composer: his melodramas are memorable pieces. Countless quartets benefited from his guidance. Mann was one of the finest musicians I ever encountered. I am truly gladContinue reading “RIP Robert Mann (1920-2018)”

Juilliard SQ premieres Davidovsky’s 6th Quartet

Last night I heard the latest incarnation of the Juilliard String Quartet in recital at Alice Tully Hall. The program included performances of Mendelssohn’s first String Quartet and the juggernaut that is Beethoven’s Op. 130 with the Grosse Fuge finale, both pieces performed with suavity rather than abundant risk-taking. The highlight was the quartet’s New York premiere of Mario Davidovsky’s Sixth StringContinue reading “Juilliard SQ premieres Davidovsky’s 6th Quartet”