Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Juilliard Quartet
"Dvorak: American, Smetana: 'From My Life'" (Vinyl)

Dvorak's "American" quartet is arguably one of the most recognizable and performed string quartets in history.
When a Quartet chooses to record this work, it must do so knowing it will be forever compared to other famous examples.

The Juilliard Quartet, amongst the greatest of American string quartets, records one of the most memorable "Americans" on this album.  Their performance is spot on, sprightly and sparkling.  

Raphael Hillyer (violist) is amongst my very favorite players.  His performances on the highlight melodies in both the Dvorak and Smetana are keynote moments.

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