Eugene Drucker, violin
Philip Setzer, violin
Lawrence Dutton, viola
Paul Watkins, cello
"The Emerson String Quartet...has the easy virtuosity, precise sense of ensemble, rhythmic vigor, and rich polished tone."
--The Washington Post
The 2013–2014 Fortas season opens with a concert by the eight-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, who the Boston Globe praises for their "extraordinary fusion of experience and authority with audacity and freshness." Founded in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet, which derives its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, has garnered an international reputation for groundbreaking chamber music projects. Last here in 2011 with acclaimed performances of Dvorák's String Sextet with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, they return with a program that features the hauntingly tragic Mendelssohn F minor String Quartet, Britten's great last String Quartet, honoring his 100th birthday, and Beethoven's technically demanding Third Razumovsky Quartet, a recording of which garnered the Emersons a Grammy.
Program and Notes
- Felix Mendelssohn
- String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
- Benjamin Britten
- String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94
- Ludwig van Beethoven
- String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 "Razumovsky"
Emerson String Quartet
The Fortas Chamber Music Concerts are supported by generous contributors to the
Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, and by a major gift to the fund
from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
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