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Emerson String Quartet delivers strong show at Tanglewood / MassLive

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On Tuesday night in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, it was the Emerson String Quartet's turn to devote an entire concert to one composer. In this case, the legendary chamber group performed six different quartets by Haydn, his complete Op. 76 quartets. The concert was the first of two by the Emerson String Quartet in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood this week. Tonight at 8 p.m., the group will perform with soprano Renee Fleming.

This year marks the quartet's 40th Anniversary season. To commemorate this milestone, Universal Music Group will reissue their entire Deutsche Grammophon discography in a 52-CD mega-box set this week. The group first performed at Tanglewood in 1981 and has been performing every year since 2001 making this summer the group's 15th consecutive year at Tanglewood. The quartet's current lineup includes Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer on violins, Lawrence Dutton on viola and Paul Watkins on cello. On Tuesday, the quartet looked sharp in matching, black suits and sounded sublime performing the six Haydn works.

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