Since its inception in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet has made manifest the credo of founders Robert Mann and William Schuman to "play new works as if they were established masterpieces, and established masterpieces as if they were new." The hallmarks of its distinctive sound—clarity of structure, beauty of sound, purity of line and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose—have been applied to virtually every era and genre in the literature. Free.
"Each of the four has a notably beautiful tone, a sound that sings… a shared understanding of the music they play; every bow stroke adds to its meaning and its integrity." —Chicago Tribune
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), String Quartet in G major, Op. 33, No.5
Shulamit Ran (b. 1949), String Quartet No. 2, “Vistas” (1989)
L. van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet in F major, Op. 135 (1826)