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The Emerson String Quartet is in the midst of its 40th anniversary season, and the group is marking the occasion with, among other events, a new CD and an upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall. The album begins with Purcell's "Chacony in G Minor, Z 730" in an arrangement by Britten (who also wrote an arrangement of the piece for string orchestra). The genesis of the work is unknown and even the title is mysterious. Why, for example, did Purcell call it a "chacony" and not a chaconne? The 18 variations on an 8-bar theme are stately, with a hint of melancholy.