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Emerson String Quartet

Band, *1976 US

The Emerson String Quartet, also known as the Emerson Quartet,[citation needed] is a professional string ensemble – in residence at the Stony Brook University. The musical ensemble was previously in residence at The Hartt School located in West Hartford, Connecticut. Choosing American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson as namesake, the quartet formed at the Juilliard School as a student ensemble. They turned professional in 1976, with both of their violinists having studied under the tutelage of the renowned Oscar Shumsky, alternating as first and second violinists. When it was formed, the Emerson Quartet was one of the first with the two violinists alternating chairs.

PortraitPhilip Setzer
vn, acg *1951 US
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vn, acg *1952 US
PortraitDavid Finckel
vc *1951 US
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vl *1954 US
PortraitPaul Watkins
vc *1970 GB
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String Quartet K.590: Menuetto Allegretto on Mozart: Prussian Quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Emerson String Quartet
Verklärte Nacht, op 4; String Sextett for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and 2 Celli on Journeys by Emerson String Quartet
Souvenir de Florence; d moll, op 70; String Sextett for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and 2 Celli: Allegro vivace on Journeys by Emerson String Quartet
String Quartet No.9 In C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3": 4. Allegro molto on Beethoven:The String Quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven & Emerson String Quartet
String Quartet No.3 in G Major, Op.94: V. Recitative and Passacaglia (La Serenissima). Slow on Chaconnes and Fantasias: Music of Britten and Purcell by Emerson String Quartet
Adagio For Strings, Op.11: 2. Molto adagio on Ives: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 / Barber: String Quartet by Emerson String Quartet
String Quintet In C, D. 956: 2. Adagio on Schubert: String Quintet In C Major D.956, Op. Posth. 163 by Franz Schubert, Mstislav Rostropovich & Emerson String Quartet
Souvenir de Florence; d moll, op 70; String Sextett for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and 2 Celli: Allegro con spirito on Journeys by Emerson String Quartet
String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10, L. 85: 2. Scherzo (Assez vif et bien rythmé) on Debussy / Ravel: String Quartets by Emerson String Quartet
String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10, L. 85: 1. Animé et très décidé on Debussy / Ravel: String Quartets by Emerson String Quartet

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Title Artist Year Type
Complete Recordings On Deutsche GrammophonEmerson String Quartet2016Album
Lyric Suite / Sonnets By Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Op. 52Alban Berg / Egon Wellesz - Emerson String Quartet, Renée Fleming2015Album
JourneysEmerson String Quartet With Paul Neubauer & Colin Carr2013Album
The Prussian QuartetsWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emerson String Quartet2011Album
Intimate LettersEmerson String Quartet2009Album
Bach FuguesJohann Sebastian Bach, Emerson String Quartet2008Album
Intimate VoicesEmerson String Quartet : Edvard Grieg, Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius2006Album
Mendelssohn: The Complete String QuartetsEmerson String Quartet, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy2005Album
The Seven Last WordsJoseph Haydn / Emerson String Quartet2004Album
The Art Of FugueJohann Sebastian Bach, Emerson String Quartet2003Album
The Late String QuartetsLudwig van Beethoven - Emerson String Quartet2003Album
The Haydn ProjectEmerson String Quartet2001Album
String Quartet No. 8Dmitri Shostakovich - Emerson String Quartet1999Single
Clarinet QuintetsWolfgang Amadeus Mozart · Johannes Brahms - David Shifrin · Emerson String Quartet1999Album
Schubert: The Late String Quartets; String QuintetEmerson String Quartet1998Album
Quintet / String Quartet No. 4Edgar Meyer, Emerson String Quartet / Ned Rorem1998Album
Interview / Music Radio CDEmerson String Quartet1997Album
Mozart: String Quartets K.387 & 421Emerson String Quartet1995Album
Webern Works For String QuartetEmerson String Quartet1995Album
Complete Songs Of Samuel Barber (Secrets Of The Old)Samuel Barber - Cheryl Studer, Thomas Hampson, John Browning, Emerson String Quartet1994Album
Piano Quintet Op. 81 / Piano Quartet Op. 87Antonín Dvořák - Emerson String Quartet, Menahem Pressler1994Album
Die "Haydn" Quartette • The "Haydn" Quartets • Les Quatuors Dédiés À HaydnWolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Emerson String Quartet1992Compil.
American Originals (String Quartets)Charles Ives · Samuel Barber - Emerson String Quartet1992Album
Debussy, Ravel: String QuartetsEmerson String Quartet1990Album
»Der Tod Und Das Mädchen« / »Quartetto Serioso« Op. 95Franz Schubert / Ludwig van Beethoven - Emerson String Quartet1988Album
String Quartet No. 4 / String Quartet No. 2Andrew Imbrie, Gunther Schuller / Emerson String Quartet1978Album
Streichquintett C-dur (String Quintet ∙ Quintette À Cordes D 956)Franz Schubert - Emerson String Quartet ∙ Mstislav RostropovichAlbum
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