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Emerson String Quartet

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Concerts

The Emerson Quartet play Beethoven at the Savannah Music Festival. From left: Philip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, David Finckel and Lawrence Dutton

April 6, 2012 The Emerson Quartet plays Beethoven's most soulful string quartet at the Savannah Music Festival.

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The Emerson String Quartet

April 26, 2010 The lauded quartet played music from its broad repertoire, live from New York City.

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Studio Sessions

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September 11, 2006 Pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel play movements by Rachmaninoff and Brahms.

Interviews & Profiles

David Finckel is a longtime member of the Emerson String Quartet. Journeys: Tchaikovsky, Schoenberg is his last recording with the group.

June 9, 2013 The quartet's new album is the last to feature the cellist, a longtime member of the group.

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classical music icons

December 27, 2009 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin some notable classical recordings of the past decade.

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An engraving of Franz Schubert, a year before he wrote his famed String Quintet in C.

August 18, 2009 Hear Schubert's personal brand of lyrical melancholy in his innovative String Quintet in C.

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The Emerson Quartet

July 7, 2009 The group defies the difficulties inherent in performing Beethoven's 16 string quartets.

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September 28, 2006 Cellist David Finckel of the Emerson Quartet discusses the composer's set of 15 string quartets.

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January 3, 2006 Music scholar Nicolas Kenyon discusses Mozart's String Quartet, K. 465, the "Dissonance" Quartet.

Discover Songs

Samuel Barber

March 5, 2010 Hear Barber discuss his own music and listen to some of his essential recordings.

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Vespertine 4:3

November 24, 2009 See some of our favorite albums that didn't make the final 50 most important recordings list.

September 22, 2006 Shostakovich scholar Simon Morrison picks his three favorite pieces.

News

Cellist David Finckel (l) with his colleagues of more than 30 years.

February 14, 2012 The cellist of America's most iconic string quartet is leaving after 34 years.

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Composer Robert Schumann

June 7, 2010 Learn about the passionately creative but troubled life of Schumann and hear some of his best music.

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Samuel Barber

March 5, 2010 Hear Barber discuss his own music and listen to some of his essential recordings.

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Reviews

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe (right) take on everything from Michael Jackson to Mozart on When Words Fade.

December 12, 2011 Performance Today host Fred Child highlights yMusic, a piano duo and the Emerson String Quartet.

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The Emerson String Quartet.

October 18, 2011 Hear the superb Emerson String Quartet — in their 35th year together — play Mozart.

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More Stories

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July 20, 2006 Pianist Wu Han, cellist David Finckel, violist Masao Kawasaki and violinist Lev Polyakin perform.

Soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello met in music school. Now married, the couple sings together around the world — as in Gounod's Romeo and Juliet at Opera Philadelphia in 2001.

February 11, 2014 For Valentine's Day, lovebirds who happen to make beautiful music together.

Violist Nicholas Cords likes his Japanese soba noodles on the quiet side.

November 23, 2011 Brooklyn Rider's intrepid violist finds a perfect musical partner for his favorite Japanese food.

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Journeys

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  • Album: Journeys
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Released: 2013
 

Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets

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  • Album: Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets
  • Artist: David Shifrin
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1999
 

Mozart: Jagd-Quartett; Dissonanzen-Quartett

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  • Album: Mozart: Jagd-Quartett; Dissonanzen-Quartett
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1989
 

Mozart: The Prussian Quartets

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  • Album: Mozart: The Prussian Quartets
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Sony Classical
 

Schumann: Kreisleriana; Sonata No. 1, Op. 11

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  • Album: Schumann: Kreisleriana; Sonata No. 1, Op. 11
  • Artist: Murray Perahia
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Released: 1997
 

Schumann: Op. Nos. 44 & 47

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  • Album: Schumann: Op. Nos. 44 & 47
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1995
 

Schumann: Complete Symphonies

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  • Album: Schumann: Complete Symphonies
  • Artist: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Label: DG Archiv
 

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: The Great EMI Recordings

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  • Album: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: The Great EMI Recordings
  • Artist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • Released: 2010
 

Beethoven: The String Quartets

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  • Album: Beethoven: The String Quartets
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 2009
 

Old World - New World

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  • Album: Old World - New World
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
 

Complete String Quartets

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  • Album: Complete String Quartets
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1999
 

Bartók: 6 String Quartets

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  • Album: Bartók: 6 String Quartets
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
 

Barber: Concerto for violin Op14; Korngold: Much Ado about Nothing Op11

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  • Album: Barber: Concerto for violin Op14; Korngold: Much Ado about Nothing Op11
  • Artist: Gil Shaham
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1994
 

American Originals

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  • Album: American Originals
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1992
 

Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915

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  • Album: Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
  • Artist: Dawn Upshaw
  • Label: Nonesuch Records
  • Released: 1990
 

Barber Premiere Recording

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  • Album: Barber Premiere Recording
  • Artist: Various
  • Label: Pearl
 

Schubert: String Quintet

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  • Album: Schubert: String Quintet
  • Artist: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
 

Beethoven: Key To The Quartets

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  • Album: Beethoven: Key To The Quartets
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1997
 

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor

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  • Album: Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Released: 1999
 

Shostakovich: The String Quartets

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  • Album: Shostakovich: The String Quartets
  • Artist: Emerson String Quartet
 

Shostakovich: Symphonie, No. 5, Op. 47

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  • Album: Shostakovich: Symphonie, No. 5, Op. 47
  • Artist: Yevgeny Mravinsky
 

Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky: Trios

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  • Album: Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky: Trios
  • Artist: Argerich, Kremer, Maisky