Emerson String Quartet

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Emerson String Quartet
The Emerson String Quartet 2014.jpg
The Emerson String Quartet in 2014
Background information
Also known as The Emerson Quartet
Origin New York, United States
Genres Classical
Occupations String quartet
Instruments 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello
Years active 1976–present
Labels Deutsche Grammophon, New World, Sony Classical
Website www.emersonquartet.com
Members Eugene Drucker
Philip Setzer
Lawrence Dutton
Paul Watkins
Past members Guillermo Figueroa
Eric Wilson
David Finckel

The Emerson String Quartet is a New York–based string quartet in residence at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Previously the Quartet was in residence at The Hartt School. Formed in 1976, they have released more than thirty albums and won nine Grammy Awards. Both violinists in the quartet were students of the noted violinist Oscar Shumsky. Formed in the bicentennial year of the United States, the Emerson String Quartet took its name from the great American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.[1] Violinists Drucker and Setzer alternate as first and second violinists.

Members[edit]

Long-time cellist David Finckel was replaced at the end of the 2012/13 concert season by Paul Watkins.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance:

Grammy Award for Best Classical Album:

In 2002 the Quartet were the Music Directors of the Ojai Music Festival. They also played for the Oscar nominated short film, The Little Match Girl.

Recordings[edit]

  • Volume I - Dvorák: Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 "American;" Smetana: Quartet No. 1 in E "From My Life." (1990) Book of the Month Records
  • Volume II - Brahms: Quartet No. 1 in c, Op. 51; Schumann: Quartet in A, Op. 41, No. 3 (1990) Book of the Month Records
  • Volume III - Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D; Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1 in D, Op.11 (1990) Book of the Month Records
  • Volume IV - Debussy: Quartet in g, Op. 10; Ravel: Quartet in F Major. (1990) Book of the Month Records
  • Piston: Concerto for String Quartet, Winds and Percussion (1990) Composers Recording Inc
  • Cowell: Quartet Euphometric; Harris: Three Variations on a Theme (Quartet No. 2) (1990) New World
  • Imbrie: Quartet No. 4; Schuller: Quartet No. 2 (1990) New World
  • Beethoven: Quartet in F, Op. 135; Schubert: Quartet in G, D. 887 (1990) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Dvorák: Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 "American"; Smetana: Quartet No. 1 in E, "From My Life." (1990) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Debussy: Quartet in g, Op. 10; Ravel: Quartet in F (1990) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 11; Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D (1990) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Mozart: Quartet in B-flat, K. 458 "Hunt"; Quartet in C, K. 465 "Dissonance"; Haydn: Quartet in C, Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor (1990) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Brahms: Quartet No. 1 in c, Op. 51; Schumann: Quartet in A, Op. 41, No. 3 (1990) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Beethoven: Quartet in f, Op. 95; Schubert: Quartet No. 14 in d, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden" (1990) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Bartók: Complete String Quartets (1990) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Mozart: The "Haydn" Quartets (complete) (1992) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Mozart: The Flute Quartets (1992) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Prokofiev: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2/Sonata for 2 Violins (1992) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Schubert: String Quintet in C, D. 956 (1992) Deutsche Grammophon
  • American Originals: String Quartets of Ives and Barber (1993) Deutsche Grammophon
  • American Contemporaries: Harbison, Wernick, and Schuller (1994) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Dvorák: Quartet in E-flat, Op. 87; Quintet in A, Op. 81 (1994) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Mozart: String Quartet in G, K. 387; String Quartet in d, K. 421 (1995) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Webern: Works for String Quartet/String Trio Op. 20 (1995) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Schumann Piano Quintet Op. 44/ Piano Quartet Op. 47 (1996) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Beethoven: The String Quartets (Complete) (1997) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Beethoven: Key to the Quartets (1997) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Meyer: String Quintet/Rorem: String Quartet No. 4 (1998) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Music of Curt Cacioppo: "Monsterslayer") (1998) Capstone Records
  • Schubert: String Quintet; Late Quartets (1999) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Mozart/Brahms: Clarinet Quintets (1999) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Shostakovich: The String Quartets (complete) (2000) Deutsche Grammophon
  • The Haydn Project (2001) Deutsche Grammophon
  • The Emerson Encores (2002) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (2003) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Haydn: The Seven Last Words of our Savior on the Cross, Op. 51 (2004) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets (2005) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Intimate Voices (2006) Deutsche Grammophon
  • The Little Match Girl (2007) Disney
  • Brahms: String Quartets (2007) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Bach Fugues (2008) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Intimate Letters (2009) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Old World-New World (2010) Deutsche Grammophon
  • Mozart: The Prussian Quartets (2011) Sony Classical

References[edit]

  • Dischel, Robert S. (2000). Converging Lines: The Extraordinary Story of the Emerson String Quartet's First 25 Years. London: Risk Waters Group. ISBN 1-899332-68-5. 

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