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Haydn, Beethoven, and Bartok at the Kennedy Center

Juilliard Quartet shows new faces, same strong voice

by Patrick Rucker The Washington Post

February 7, 2019

Decisive and uncompromising… Juilliard’s confidently thoughtful approach, rhythmic acuity and ensemble precision were on full display.”

Beethoven, Bartók, and Dvořák at Wigmore Hall

Renewed and Reinvigorated: Juilliard String Quartet Delight in Beethoven, Bartók, and Dvořák

by Chris Sallon Seen and Heard International

January 18, 2019

“The gentle rocking motion of the opening Allegro and the honeyed second movement marked Poco adagio offered a degree of comfort after the rigours of Bartók, whilst the lilting rhythms of the Scherzo and the gossamer Finale were played with wit and humour and brought the evening to a fitting close.”

Beethoven, Beecher, and Haydn at Arizona Friends of Chamber Music

In The Flesh: The Juilliard String Quartet Bears Gifts

by Xavier Omar Otero Tucson Weekly

December 11, 2018

“Executed as by the unfailing hands of surgeons, over the course of the evening, the Juilliard String Quartet performed with barely containable ardor—that at moments impelled their bodies to rise upward from the benches and chairs they sat upon—displaying unparalleled artistry, effortlessly laying claim to a shared sovereignty as one of the world’s finest.”

Recital at Alice Tully Hall

The Juilliard Quartet Shines at Alice Tully Hall

by David Hurwitz Classics Today

November 20, 2018

“Certainly the ensemble’s famed rhythmic precision and keen feeling for instrumental balance remains firmly in place, as does its ability to “play hard” without any unpleasant roughness of tone, but Zhulla also brought to her solos, especially in the slow movement of the “American” Quartet, a welcome degree of passion and spontaneity too. It sounds like she’ll make a fine addition to the team.”

Beethoven's "The Great Fugue" at the Cleveland Chamber Music Society

Juilliard String Quartet remains in top form on Cleveland Chamber Music Society concert (review)

by Zachary Lewis The Plain Dealer

December 9, 2016

“The Great Fugue, however, was what everyone seemed to be waiting for, and here the quartet seemed genuinely possessed by Beethoven’s radical and grinding dissonance. Even now, as in its day, the music threatens to explode the concept of the string quartet, and the mighty efforts of the Juilliard players Tuesday to bring to life this propulsive, shattering music were nothing short of heroic.”

Beethoven's Quartetto Seriouso

Juilliard String Quartet Redeems Our Distracted World With Remarkable Recital For Music Toronto

by John Terauds ludwig van Toronto

October 14, 2016

“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.”

Recital: Webern, Berg and Schubert at Celebrity Series

Juilliard String Quartet continues storied legacy

by David Weininger The Boston Globe

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

Julliard String Quartet finds the spare beauty of Second Viennese School works

by Aaron Keebaugh Boston Classical Review

October 19, 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.”

CD: The Five String Quartets by Elliott Carter

Classical album reviews: Paavo Jarvi, The Juilliard String Quartet, Carolyn Sampson

by Andy Gill The Independent

March 22, 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.”