Quartets: Conversation of Strings

The four men worked in shirtsleeves, practicing alone on the barren stage, rigid on their chairs, laboring in total concentration to draw from their instruments the warm, expressive voices that exemplify the string quartet. They moved quickly through the music, sel dom speaking, marking cues in their scores, skipping past the easy to bear down on the difficult. Then, with only a brief break to relax from the tension of the severe rehearsal, the Juilliard String Quartet strode to center stage at the Tanglewood Theater-Concert Hall last week, greeted a rapt audience...

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