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Emerson String Quartet plays Queen's Hall, Edinburgh. Herald Scotland gives five stars

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Yesterday's ultra-classy set of Queen's Hall performances by the American Emerson String Quartet, with its "new-ish" cellist, the English musician of some two years membership in the group, Paul Watkins, and a man well-known in these parts, was in a league apart. The sheer quality of ensemble playing from the Emersons, with Watkins seamlessly integrated into the group, while retaining his characterful playing style and profile, was almost miraculous to hear. They have this way of getting right under the skin of a piece without imposing themselves on it: there was never a doubt that what we heard yesterday was Schubert, Haydn and Tchaikovsky, as opposed to the composers' music filtered through the performers' imaginations. It's almost as though the group liberates the truth of the music from the score. Never have I heard such beautiful frailty in Schubert's Rosamunde Quartet. And that one, moreover, was a performance that called out for a broader sweep of outings for Schubert's under-exposed canon of quartets.

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