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Renee Fleming joins The Emerson String Quartet at Tanglewood / The Berkshire Eagle

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When you see a soprano on a string quartet program, the only work that comes to mind is Schoenberg's Quartet No. 2. When you see Renee Fleming on a quartet program, you might think: Isn't she out of her element? The Emerson String Quartet and the renowned soprano dispelled such notions Wednesday night at Tanglewood by coming up with a real oddity, Egon Wellesz's "Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning." Schoenberg wasn't entirely absent. Wellesz, an Austrian who settled in England to escape the Nazis, was a student of Schoenberg's, and his settings of five Browning sonnets sounded a good bit like the master's "Pierrot Lunaire" with an amorous twist.

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