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ESQ's marathon Haydn program shines at Ravinia / Chicago Classical Review

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In the universe of string ensembles, few American quartets have stood the test of time as well as the Emerson String Quartet. Founded in 1976, this group has achieved an enviable record boasting nine Grammys and three Gramophone awards among their claims to success (Paul Watkins smoothly succeeded founding cellist David Finckel in 2013). Their annual return to Ravinia's Martin Theater revealed a pointed yet gratifying display of musicianship Tuesday night, with Haydn's complete Op. 76 quartets making up the entire program. Even spanning nearly three hours with two intermissions, the Emerson Quartet navigated each work with a fresh and recharged originality, putting them comfortably at home with the father of the string quartet.

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