JACK Quartet's performance of all five string quartets by Elliott Carter at the Morgan Library in New York City is reviewed by Joshua Barone for the New York Times. (Photo by Caitlin Ochs.)
You can listen to the Amernet String Quartet play Elliott Carter's String Quartet No. 5 on their website.
"In the fifth quartet by Mr. Carter... their efforts paid off in an engrossing, characterful performance of the dozen short movements, in which brash dissonances are playfully contrasted with emotive outbursts and lyrical interludes. The high harmonics of the Adagio sereno unfolded with a luminescent tranquillity. The otherworldly character of Mr. Carter’s two 'Fragments' for string quartet, written in the 1990s, was illuminated with similar delicacy."