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Emerson String Quartet / Journeys: Pop Matters review

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In their almost forty years together, the Emerson String Quartet has released over 30 albums, earned nine Grammy awards, and toured the world countless times. This year, the quartet experienced its first change in personnel since 1979, as cellist David Finckel leaves the group and is replaced by Paul Watkins. But for their last recording together before the shift, the Emerson String Quartet has released one of its boldest albums to date. Branching out from their more mainstream repertoire, the quartet has programmed two out-of-the-box pieces for Journeys (out-of-the-box for their standards, at least; most people would hardly find anything shocking in these two well-known and oft-performed pieces). Augmented by violist Paul Newbauer and cellist Colin Carr, the album juxtaposes two late-Romantic string sextets, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and Arnold Schönberg'sVerklärte Nacht. READ THE FULL ARTICLE.