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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Listen Brilliant Beethoven By The Emerson Quartet

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


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.


Read Three Must-Have Shostakovich Recordings

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

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