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As of 2016, the Emerson String Quartet has been around for 40 years. For comparison, here is a brief list of other awesome things that have been around for 40 years: Benedict Cumberbatch, The Muppet Show, the movie Rocky, the Blues Brothers, Big Red Gum, the game Whack-a-Mole, VHS tapes, and the Ramones' debut album. In this episode, ESQ violinist - Eugene Drucker talks about what it means to play for that long with the same musicians, about what has changed over the years, and about the Emerson's new 52-CD box set.

Music in this episode (all from Emerson String Quartet – Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon):

String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor. Franz Schubert.
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor. Ludwig van Beethoven.
String Quartet No. 1.  Béla Bartók.
String Quartet No. 17 ("The Hunt"). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Symphony No. 15. Dmitri Shostakovich.
3 Madrigals. Bohuslav Martinů.
Lyric Suite. Alban Berg.
String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major. Franz Schubert.