Emerson String Quartet
Like the poet/philosopher after whom it is named, the Emerson String Quartet has an enduring reputation for artistry—earning nine Grammys, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's "Ensemble of the Year" since its founding in 1976. The Quartet has also contributed to the tapestry of music by commissioning and performing new works from composers such as Thomas Adés, Kaija Saariaho, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Edgar Meyer.
Every performance is itself a multi-hued, multi-textured tapestry. As the Philadelphia Enquirer noted, "Few string quartets have regularly displayed such individuality among members—an ideal stance for coloring and differentiating the complex strands of the fugues."
Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
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