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ESQ's Eugene Drucker and Lawrence Dutton discuss Chaconnes and Fantasias with KUSC Radio

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The Emerson String Quartet celebrating its 40th season recorded Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell, the first release on Universal Music Classics' new US classical record label, Decca Gold. On this new album, the Emersons explore the close affinities of the music of Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten, 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." 

Drucker and violist Lawrence Dutton sat down with KUSC: Los Angeles - Brian Lauritzen to discuss the new recording and their 40th season. Listen to the attached interview.