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ESQ's Eugene Drucker and Lawrence Dutton discuss Britten & Purcell with WQED: Pittsburgh

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The Emerson String Quartet celebrates its 40th season this year and presents a new recording, Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell, on Universal Music Classics' new US classical record label, Decca Gold. The Emersons explore the close affinities of the music of Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten on this new album, arguably two of Britain's most well known composers. Included here are Britten's String Quartet Nos. 2 and 3, and Purcell's Chacony in G minor and Fantazias Nos. 6, 8, 10 and 11.  Eugene Drucker (violin) 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." 

WQED: Pittsburgh MD - Jim Cunningham interviews ESQ's violinist Eugene Drucker and violist Lawrence Dutton, regarding the release and discusses the homages to Purcel throughout the album.  LISTEN