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

Read David Finckel On The Emerson Quartet's Changing Of The Guard

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

Listen Beethoven's String Quartet Of Transcendence

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

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

Watch David Finckel Bidding Farewell To The Emersons

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

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

Read From Mozart To Michael Jackson: Classical Contenders

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

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

Read Nicholas Cords: Soba And Silence

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

The Emerson String Quartet.

Read Mozart Quartets Fit For A King

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

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Read The Life And Music Of 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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The Emerson String Quartet

Listen The Emerson Quartet At (Le) Poisson Rouge WQXR

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

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Samuel Barber

Read The Life And Music Of Samuel Barber

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

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Listen The Decade In Classical Recordings

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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Read Missing The Cut: More Important '00s Music

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

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

Listen Schubert Most Sublime: The 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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Listen Brilliant Beethoven By The Emerson Quartet

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

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Listen Shostakovich at 100: The String Quartets

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

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Read Three Must-Have Shostakovich Recordings

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

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