Well-known American quartet, acclaimed for its insightful and brilliant artistry. Extensive discography on DG label, winner of 6 Grammys, 2 Best Classical Album awards.

Emerson String QuartetOct. 3, 2004

Eugene Drucker - violin     Lawrence Dutton - viola
Philip Setzer - violin     David Finckel - cello

One of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, the Emerson String Quartet has to its credit a stunning list of achievements: 6 Grammy Awards, first chamber ensemble to win Best Classical Album, Best Chamber Music Performance and Gramophone Magazine’s Record of the Year Award; performance of the complete cycle of the quartets of Bartók, Beethoven and Shostakovich in major concert halls around the world, an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon since 1987, and important commissions and world premières. Named for the poet/philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Quartet celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2001-2002 with a number of extraordinary projects, a.o. writing a book Converging Lines, with material from private archives. Committed to classical and contemporary repertoire, and to teaching and performance, the Quartet maintains a busy schedule which now includes performing multimedia works – another success story. Violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer alternate in the first chair position.

Twelfth LMMC engagement.

Programme:

BACH   Die Kunst der Fuge, BMW 1080 (excerpts)
BRITTEN   Quartet No. 2 in C major, Opus 36 (1945)
BEETHOVEN   Quartet in E flat major, Opus 74 'Harp' (1809)