Emerson String Quartet

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Emerson String Quartet

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Perhaps the most celebrated string quartet ever to emerge from the USA, the Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in over 19 years. Founded in 1976 and with only one personnel change in all that time, the ensemble has stacked up more than 30 recordings and countless awards. With such a pedigree, it is no surprise that the Emersons play with masterly warmth and ease: a spontaneous confidence and joy.

Naturally enough, a master string quartet has chosen to play two programs of great masterpieces. Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven were writing with their audience very much in mind, and their quartets are full of attention-grabbing highlights and dreamy slow movements, while the vitality of folk music shapes the quartets of Dvořák and Bartók. Shostakovich’s Fifth Quartet did not appear until after the death of Stalin, when its icy, wintry darkness could at last be safely brought into the light.

“The group remains one of our best chamber ensembles, not merely precise but expressive and intelligent to the last ounce.” OC Register


Eugene Drucker violin
Philip Setzer violin
Lawrence Dutton viola
Paul Watkins cello


Program One - Monday 9 Sepember 7pm

Mozart String Quartet No.21 in D major, K575
Dvořák String Quartet No.10 in E-flat major, Op.51
Shostakovich String Quartet No.5 in B-flat major, Op.92

Program Two - Saturday 7 September 2pm

Haydn String Quartet in D major, Op.71 No.2
Bartók String Quartet No.1 in A minor
Beethoven String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59 No.2 ‘Razumovsky’

Tour supported by the Musica Viva Amadeus Society

Ticket Info


Standard $125
Concession $109
City Recital Hall Member $112.50
Group (8+) $112.50
Under 40 $40


Standard $94
Concession $82
City Recital Hall Member $84.60
Group (8+) $84.60
Under 40 $40


Standard $66
Concession $57
City Recital Hall Member $59.40
Group (8+) $59.40
Under 40 $40

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Performance Dates & Times

Saturday 7 September, 2019
2:00 pm
City Recital Hall

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Monday 9 September, 2019
7:00 pm
City Recital Hall

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