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ESQ's Eugene Drucker and Lawrence Dutton talk Britten and Purcell with WRCJ: Detroit

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Interview with WRCJ's Chris Felcyn

The Emerson String Quartet celebrates its 40th season this year and presents a new recording, Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell, which is 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. Their US tour takes them from California to New York to Virginia this spring and summer, and on April 26 they performed works from the new album and their extensive repertoire at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR. 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 joined WRCJ: Detroit - Chris Felcyn for some good conversation about all of these subjects. Listen to the attached interview.