Emerson String Quartet

Biography

Active: 1976 - ; New York, NY
Since its formation in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet has gradually achieved recognition as one of the world's top chamber ensembles. The group's reputation partially rests upon its daring interpretations of core string quartet repertory; it has performed the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, and Bartók in major concert halls around the world, and its interpretations tend toward the personal, the passionate, and Read more even the hell-for-leather. Audiences have responded enthusiastically to the quartet's involvement with the music it performs. The Emerson (named for Ralph Waldo Emerson) has recorded prolifically since signing with the Deutsche Grammophon label in 1987, and the quartet has won nine Grammy awards, including two for Best Classical Album.

One of those awards came in 1989, for a recording of the six Bartók string quartets that the Emerson made after presenting all six works in a single concert for its debut at New York's Carnegie Hall. The Bartók discs also won Gramophone's Record of the Year award in Britain, one of the quartet's three Gramophone awards. That concert typified the quartet's programming philosophy; the Emerson has attracted both devotees and newcomers with music-making that is ambitious, intellectually challenging, and at the same time a bit extreme in such a way as to attract widespread attention. In 1997 the Emerson presented Beethoven's cycle of 16 quartets in a group of eight concerts at New York's Lincoln Center, each featuring two Beethoven quartets paired with modern works that showed the extent of Beethoven's long shadow in some way. In early 2005, the Emerson presented Mendelssohn's quartets in both New York and England, juxtaposed with works by Mendelssohn's contemporaries. Since its founding, the Emerson has actively commissioned new works from a variety of composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, ranging from the complex modernist Wolfgang Rihm to the accessible Edgar Meyer.

The members of the Emerson String Quartet -- violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton, and cellist David Finckel -- have maintained top-flight solo careers of their own. The group is based in Newy York City, and in 2002 they became quartet-in-residence at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Their long list of awards includes the prestigioius Avery Fisher Prize in 2004, and the group members have received honorary doctorates from Middlebury College, Wooster College, and Bard College.

The Emerson is committed to collaborative projects with other artists. Their 2000 performance of the Shostakovich quartets culminated in a multimedia work called The Noise of Time, which mixed the quartet's performance of the composer's String Quartet No. 15 with film, dance, and taped readings. The group has performed many benefit concerts to raise finds for causes such as the fight against AIDS, nuclear disarmament, and world hunger. Read less

Biography

Active: 1976 - ; New York, NY
Since its formation in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet has gradually achieved recognition as one of the world's top chamber ensembles. The group's reputation partially rests upon its daring interpretations of core string quartet repertory; it has performed the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, and Bartók in major concert halls around the world, and its interpretations tend toward the personal, the passionate, and Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Allegro con spirito
Adagio cantabile e con moto
Allegretto moderato
Allegro vivace
Allegretto
Andante
Menuetto
Allegretto
String Quartet K.589: Allegro
Larghetto
Menuetto
Allegro assai
String Quartet K.590: Allegro Moderato
Andante Allegretto
Menuetto Allegretto
Allegro
1. Poco adagio - Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Presto - Piů presto quasi prestissimo
4. Allegretto con variazioni
1. Allegro con brio
2. Allegretto ma non troppo
3. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso
4. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato
1. Maestoso - Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile
3. Scherzando vivace
4. Finale
1. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto vivace
3. Allegro moderato
4. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Piů mosso - Andante moderato e lusinghiero - Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio, ma non troppo e semplice - Allegretto
5. Presto
6. Adagio quasi un poco andante
7. Allegro
1. Assai sostenuto - Allegro
2. Allegro ma non tanto
3. Canzona di ringraziamento offerta alla divinitŕ da un guarito, in modo lidico (Molto adagio) - Sentendo nuova forza (Andante)
4. Alla marcia, assai vivace - Piů allegro - Presto
5. Allegro appassionato
1. Allegretto
2. Vivace
3. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
4. Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß (Grave - Allegro - Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Dumka. Andante con moto
3. Romanze. Andante con moto
4. Finale. Allegro assai
1. Allegro
2. Poco adagio e molto cantabile
3. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
4. Finale: Vivace
1. Allegro non tanto
2. Allegro vivo
3. Larghetto
4. Finale (Allegro giusto)
1. Moderato
2. Allegro ma non troppo
3. Andante con moto
4. Poco Adagio
5. Andante
6. Andante moderato
7. Andante con moto
8. Lento
9. Moderato
10. Andante maestoso
11. Allegro scherzando
12. Allegro animato
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Molto Vivace
4. Andante sostenuto: Allegro con fuoco
1. Adagio ma non troppo
2. Molto vivace
3. Lento e molto cantabile
4. Allegro non tanto
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus I
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 2
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 3
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 4
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 5
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 6
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 7
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 8
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 9
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 10
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 11
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 14a: Canon per Augmentationem in contrario motu
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 12a
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 12b
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Canon alla Ottava
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Canona alla Decima, in Contrapunto alla Terza
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 13a
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 13b
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 14: Canon per Augmentationem in contrario motu
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Contrapunctus 14(18): Fuga a 3 Soggetti
J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Version for String Quartet - Chorale: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein
1. Andante
2. Adagio
3. Moderato
4. Allegro
1. Allegro vivace assai
2. Moderato
3. Adagio
4. Allegro assai
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante cantabile
3. Allegretto
4. Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Poco adagio, cantabile
3. Menuetto (Allegro)
4. Finale (Presto)
1. Allegro
2. Romanze (Poco adagio)
3. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo - Un poco piů animato
4. Allegro
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Andante moderato
3. Quasi minuetto, moderato - Allegretto vivace
4. Finale (Allegro non assai - Piů vivace)
1. Vivace
2. Andante
3. Agitato (Allegretto non troppo)
4. Poco allegretto con variazioni - Doppio movimento
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Andante, un poco adagio
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Finale (poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo)
Schubert: String Quintet In C, D.956 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Schubert: String Quintet In C, D.956 - 2. Adagio
Schubert: String Quintet In C, D.956 - 3. Scherzo (Presto) - Trio (Andante sostenuto)
Schubert: String Quintet In C, D.956 - 4. Allegretto
1. Lento
2. Allegretto
3. Introduzione. Allegro - Allegro vivace
1. Prima parte (Moderato)
2. Seconda parte. Allegro - attacca: Ricapitulazione della prima parte. Moderato
3. Coda. Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio molto
3. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese
4. Andante
5. Finale. Allegro vivace
1. Moderato
2. Allegro molto capriccioso
3. Lento
1. Allegro
2. Prestissimo, con sordino
3. Non troppo lento
4. Allegretto pizzicato
5. Allegro molto
1. Mesto - Vivace
2. Mesto - Marcia
3. Mesto - Burletta (Moderato)
4. Mesto
1. Moderato
2. Moderato
3. Allegro molto
4. Allegro
1. Overture (Moderato con moto)
2. Recitative & Romance (Adagio)
3. Valse (Allegro)
4. Theme & Variations
1. Allegretto
2. Moderato con moto
3. Allegro non troppo
4. Adagio
5. Moderato
1. Allegretto
2. Andantino
3. Allegretto
4. Allegretto
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Andante
3. Moderato
1. Allegretto
2. Moderato con moto
3. Lento - attacca:
4. Lento - Allegretto - Andante - Lento
1. Allegretto
2. Lento
3. Allegro
1. Largo
2. Allegro molto
3. Allegretto
4. Largo
5. Largo
1. Moderato con moto
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto
4. Adagio
5. Allegro
1. Andante con moto
2. Allegretto furioso
3. Adagio
4. Allegretto - Andante
Adagio (Elegy) for String Quartet
Allegretto (Polka) for String Quartet
1. Introduction: Andantino
2. Scherzo: Allegretto
3. Recitative: Adagio
4. Etude: Allegro
5. Humoresque: Allegro
6. Elegy: Adagio
7. Finale: Moderato
1. Moderato - Allegretto
2. Allegretto - Adagio - Moderato - Allegretto
1. Allegretto
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto
1. Elegy
2. Serenade
3. Intermezzo
4. Nocturne
5. Funeral March
6. Epilogue
Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In G, K.301 - 1. Allegro con spirito
Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In G, K.301 - 2. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In E Minor, K.304 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In E Minor, K.304 - 2. Tempo di minuetto
Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In B Flat, K.378 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In B Flat, K.378 - 2. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In B Flat, K.378 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In A, K.526 - 1. Allegro molto
Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In A, K.526 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sonata For Piano And Violin In A, K.526 - 3. Presto
1. Fantasia: Poco largo
2. Concerto: Allegro, leggiero
3. Aria and Recitative: Andante cantabile
4. Sonata: Allegro moderato
5. Chorale Fantasia: Vivo
1. Introduction and Allegro
2. Scherzo I (homage to A.D.) - Arioso I - Scherzo II - Arioso II - Scherzo I - Epilogue
1. Maestoso, with great intensity
2. Canzona: Adagio
3. Allegro vivace - Andante - Adagio - Andante - Tempo I - Presto
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Allegro moderato
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
4. Presto
1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Andante un poco mosso
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro assai
Allegro assai
Andante - Allegro assai
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Adagio
3. Scherzo (Presto) - Trio (Andante sostenuto)
4. Allegretto
Movement I
Movement II
Movement III
Movement IV
Minotaur
Child Holding a Dove
Acrobat on a Ball
Still Life
Seated Harlequin
Head of a Boy
Basket of Flowers
Self Portrait
Three Nudes
Death of Harlequin
1. Maestoso - Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile
3. Scherzando vivace
4. Finale
1. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto vivace
3. Allegro moderato
4. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Piů mosso - Andante moderato e lusinghiero - Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio, ma non troppo e semplice - Allegretto
5. Presto
6. Adagio quasi un poco andante
7. Allegro
1. Assai sostenuto - Allegro
2. Allegro ma non tanto
3. Canzona di ringraziamento offerta alla divinitŕ da un guarito, in modo lidico (Molto adagio) - Sentendo nuova forza (Andante)
4. Alla marcia, assai vivace - Piů allegro - Presto
5. Allegro appassionato
1. Allegretto
2. Vivace
3. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
4. Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß (Grave - Allegro - Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro)
1. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro
2. Presto
3. Andante con moto ma non troppo. Poco scherzando
4. Alla danza tedesca (Allegro assai)
5. Cavatina ( Adagio molto espressivo)
Grosse Fuge in B flat, Op.133
Adagio and Rondo in C Major for Glass and String Quartet, K.617: Adagio
Rondo
1. Moderato
2. Menuet
3. Adagio
4. Fuga a 2 soggetti
1. Allegro moderato, cantabile
2. Scherzo allegro
3. Largo sostenuto
4. Finale: presto
1. Allegro con brio
2. Allegretto
3. Menuetto
4. Finale. Presto
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio
3. Menuet (Allegretto)
4. Finale (Vivace)
1. Allegro
2. Largo assai
3. Menuetto. Allegretto. Trio
4. Finale. Allegro con brio
1. Allegro
2. Andante o piů tosto allegretto
3. Minuetto
4. Finale (Vivace assai)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio
3. Menuetto - Trio
4. Finale: Presto
1. Allegro vivace assai
2. Moderato
3. Adagio
4. Allegro assai
1. Mässig
2. Leicht bewegt
3. Ziemlich fliessend
4. Sehr langsam
5. Äusserst langsam
6. Fliessend
1. Bewegt
2. Langsam "Schmerz immer Blick nach oben"
3. Nicht zu langsam
1. Mässig
2. Gemächlich
3. Sehr fliessend


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