The world-renowned Emerson String Quartet returns to Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium on May 7 at 3 PM for a performance of Ravel and Berg Quartets and the Brahms Quintet with internationally acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman. Presented by Carnegie Hall, this marks the final celebration of Emerson String Quartet’s 40th Anniversary -- a major milestone for this ground-breaking ensemble, named “America’s greatest quartet” by TIME Magazine. The Emerson Quartet continues to perform with the same benchmark integrity, energy and commitment that it has demonstrated since it was formed in 1976, and its 40th-Anniversary season reflects all aspects of the Quartet’s venerable artistry with high-profile projects and collaborations, commissions and recordings.
On April 21 the Quartet releases its latest album, Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell , the first release on Universal Music Classics’ new US classical record label, Decca Gold. Eugene Drucker says of this album “it’s hard to believe that the music on this CD spans almost three centuries, ranging from Purcell’s surprisingly pungent harmonies to Britten’s distinctive voice: pitched outside the mainstream of European modernism, experimental yet deeply rooted in his extensive knowledge of older music, drawing inspiration from and breathing new life into old forms.”
On June 17 at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Emerson Quartet joins hands and minds with acclaimed theatrical writer-director James Glossman to present the world premiere of the opera “Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy.” Accompanied by an ensemble of seven actors, this ambitious production combines Anton Chekhov’s mystical story “The Black Monk” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s 14th and 15th String Quartets to weave a tale of art, love, madness and freedom. Subsequent performances take place at Tanglewood and Princeton University.
Other 40th season highlights have included collaborations with soprano Renée Fleming at Walt Disney Concert Hall, former Emerson cellist David Finckel and the Calidore Quartet on tour with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, clarinetist David Shifrin at Chamber Music Northwest and cellist Clive Greensmith at the Soka Performing Arts Center, as well as the New York premiere of acclaimed British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Shroud and their Wolf Trap debut performance later this month.
Emerson String Quartet
Eugene Drucker, violin
Philip Setzer, violin
Lawrence Dutton, viola
Paul Watkins, cello
with Yefim Bronfman, piano
RAVEL: String Quartet in F Major
BERG:String Quartet, Op. 3
BRAHMS:Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
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