Acclaim

March 17, 2022
"At the end we all sat riveted, not daring to applaud. At that moment, the accusation that classical music is "irrelevant" seemed more absurd than ever. "
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The Telegraph, Southbank Centre Review
“The group remains one of our best chamber ensembles, not merely precise but expressive and intelligent to the last ounce.”
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OC Register
"Their revelatory account of Beethoven's Op. 131 at Lincoln Hall embraced the music's strangeness with warmth and humanity."
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The Oregonian
"For nearly 40 years, the Emerson String Quartet has commanded a certain reverence from music lovers. Its polished and authoritative performances, its comprehensive and mighty discography, its fearless embrace of the new and unusual as well as the classics — all have placed this string quartet high in the pantheon of chamber music."
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Seattle Times
“Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: The “old” Emerson String Quartet never phoned one in. But this new group — Mr. Watkins alongside the violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, and the violist Lawrence Dutton — complemented their customary power, finesse and unanimity with a fresh, palpable vigor at Tully, and it was electrifying.”
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The New York Times
"... with musicians like this there must be some hope for humanity."
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The Times (London)
"The performances were everything we have come to expect from this superb ensemble: technically resourceful, musically insightful, cohesive, full of character and always interesting."
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The New York Times
"Few string quartets have regularly displayed such individuality among members -- an ideal stance for coloring and differentiating the complex strands of the fugues."
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The Philadelphia Inquirer
"The precision and grace with which the ensemble dispatched the opening of the final movement was breathtaking, and by the adrenaline-pumping coda it was difficult to sit still."
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Andante.com
"The Emerson has staked its claim to being the one indispensable quartet in a world that is constantly creating more, excellent ensembles."
"These are high-powered performances with at times terrifying attack and explosive accenting...they are mightily impressive."
"...the Emerson played with vigor and style ...infusing the familiar music with energy and transparency."
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Houston Chronicle
"The Emerson String Quartet...has the easy virtuosity, precise sense of ensemble, rhythmic vigor and rich polished tone..."
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The Washington Post
"The Emerson performances represented an extraordinary fusion of experience and authority with audacity and freshness."
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The Boston Globe
"The Emerson is one of the most impressive of American string quartets.
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The New York Times
"I very much doubt whether Haydn ever heard his music sound like this; and if that is so, then I think it was a deprivation much to be regretted on his behalf."