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Emerson String Quartet

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Emerson String Quartet at Concordia Conservatory, Pt. I
At home with with Eugene Drucker
1 Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor D 810  
2 II. Andante con moto  
3 III. Scherzo. Allegro molto - Trio  
4 IV. Presto - Prestissimo  
5 Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95  
6 II. Allegretto ma non troppo - attacca  
7 III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso - Più Allegro  
8 IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro  
9 Bela Bartok: String Quartet No. 1 Sz 40 / I. Lento - attacca  
10 II. Poco a poco accelerando all'Allegretto - Molto sostenuto - attacca Introduzione. Allegro -  
11 III. Allegro vivace - Adagio - Tempo I  
12 String Quartet No. 3 Sz 85 / I. Prima parte. Moderato - attacca  
13 II. Seconda parte. Allegro - attacca Ricapitulazione della prima parte. Moderato - attacca  
14 III. Coda, Allegro molto  
15 String Quartet No. 5 Sz 102 / I. Allegro  
16 II. Adagio molto  
17 III. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese, vivace - Trio  
18 V. Finale. Allegro vivace  
19 String Quartet No. 2 Sz 67 / Moderato  
20 II. Allegro molto capriccioso  
21 III. Lento  
22 String Quartet No. 4 Sz 91 / I. Allegro  
23 II. Prestissimo, con sordino  
24 III. Non troppo lento  
25 IV. Allegretto pizzicato  
26 V. Allegro molto  
27 String Quartet No. 6 Sz 114 / I. Messo - Più mosso, pesante - Vivace  
28 II. Mesto - Marcia - Animato, molto agitato  
29 III. Mesto - Burletta. Moderato - Andantino - Tempo I  
30 IV. Mesto - Più andante  
31 Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor Op. 10 / Animé et très décidé  
32 II. Assez vif et bien rythmé  
33 III. Andantino, doucement expressif  
34 IV. Très modéré - En animant peu à peu -Très mouvementé et avec passion - Très animé  
35 Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major / I. Allegro moderato. Très doux  
36 II. Assez vif. Très rythmé  
37 III. Très lent  
38 IV. Vif et agité  
39 Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D major Op. 11 / I. Moderato e semplice  
40 II. Andante cantabile  
41 III. Scherzo. Allegro non tanto e con fuoco - Trio  
42 IV. Finale. Allegro giusto - Allegro vivace  
43 Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D major / I. Allegro moderato  
44 II. Scherzo. Allegro  
45 III. Notturno. Andante  
46 IV. Finale. Andante - Vivace  
47 Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C major Hob. III: 77  
48 II. Poco adagio. Cantabile - Var. I - IV  
49 III. Menuet. Allegro - Trio  
50 IV. Finale. Presto  
51 Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor D 804 (Op. 29) / I. Allegro ma non troppo  
52 II. Andante  
53 III. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio  
54 IV. Allegro moderato  
55 Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C minor D 703 / I. Allegro assai  
56 II. Andante [fragment]  
57 Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major Op. 135 / I. Allegretto II. Vivace  
58 II. Vivace  
59 III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo  
60 IV. Der schwer gefasste Entschluss. Grave - Allegro  
61 Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major D 887 / I. Allegro  
62 II. Andante un poco mosso  
63 III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace - Trio. Allegretto  
64 IV. Allegro assai  
65 Antonin Dvorák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major Op. 96  
66 II. Lento  
67 III. Molto vivace  
68 IV. Finale. Vivace, ma non troppo  
69 Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor  
70 II. Allegro moderato à la Polka  
71 III. Largo sostenuto  
72 IV. Vivace  
73 Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op. 51/1 / I. Allegro  
74 II. Romanze. Poco Adagio  
75 III. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo - [Trio] Un poco più animato  
76 IV. Allegro  
77 Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A major Op. 41/3 / I. Andante espressivo - Allegro  
78 II. Assai agitato - Un poco Adagio - Tempo risoluto  
79 III. Adagio molto  
80 IV. Finale. Allegro molto vivace - Quasi Trio  
81 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello No. 1 in D major K 285 / I  
82 II. Adagio - attacca  
83 III. Rondeau  
84 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello No. 2 in G major K 285 / I  
85 II. Tempo di Menuetto  
86 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello No. 3 in C major K Anh. 171 / i  
87 II. Thema. Andantino - Variazioni I - IV - Var. V. Adagio - Var. VI. Allegro  
88 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello No. 4 in A major K 298 / 1  
89 II. Menuetto - Trio  
90 III. Rondeau. Allegretto grazioso  
91 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Rondo in G major (arr. of Rondo for Piano K 494)  
92 Sergey Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1 in B minor Op. 50 / I. Allegro  
93 II. Andante molto - Vivace  
94 III. Andante  
95 Sergey Prokofiev: Sonata for 2 Violins in C major Op. 56 / I. Andante cantabile  
96 II. Allegro  
97 III. Comodo (quasi Allegretto)  
98 IV. Allegro con brio  
99 Sergey Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2 in F major Op. 92 / I. Allegro sostenuto  
100 II. Adagio  
101 III. Allegro - Andante molto - Quasi Allegro I, ma un poco più tranquillo - Allegro I  
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"With musicians like this there must be some hope for humanity." - The Times

With 9 Grammy Awards and 3 Gramophone Awards, the Emerson String Quartet bestrides the world of chamber music like a colossus.   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. DG's tremendous new release documents the quartet's exceptional longevity and dynamism in all its magnificence: Founded in 1976, they are still as youthfully active and inquisitive as ever and this video proves it.

Note that the Emersons are willing to give interviews and actively promote this set – let me know if you would like to arrange interviews. 

"Four decades ago, when Philip Setzer and I began to build a quartet career with two friends from the Juilliard School, we could not have imagined the scope of the journey on which we were embarking..." Eugene Drucker

This monumental release documents the Emerson String Quartet's exceptional longevity and dynamism – founded in 1976, they are still as youthfully active and inquisitive as ever 40 years later.    Moreover it charts the New York-based ensemble's musical breadth, encompassing virtually all of the important repertoire for their formation.  

This 52 CD collection includes their complete output on DG and features highlights such as the 9 GRAMMY AWARDS, 3 Gramophone Magazine Awards; complete cycles by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Bartók; plus String Quartets by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and many more. Also included is a Bonus CD with Encores and  Audio Guides.

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