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Music Break: Revisit the Emerson String Quartet’s 40th Birthday Party

Originally Aired: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Emerson String Quartet.


Watch an encore video stream of The Emerson String Quartet‘s memorable performance, recorded live on our stage in April 2017 for WQXR in celebration of their four decades of music.

The renowned quartet has amassed an unparalled list of achievements over the years: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.

WQXR’s Elliott Forrest hosted the evening, which also celebrated the release of their new recording, Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell, their first on Universal Music Classics’ new US classical record label, Decca Gold.

Watch a video stream on this page at 1pm ET.



PURCELL Chacony (edited by Benjamin Britten)

MOZART Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465: I. Adagio-Allegro

TURNAGE Shroud: V. movement

BEETHOVEN Quartet No.13, Op.130: IV. Alla danza tedesca: Allegro assai

SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 4 in D major, op. 83: I. Allegretto

RAVEL String Quartet in F Major, fourth movement, Vif et agité

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