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The Emerson String Quartet

Weekend of September 22, 2012

The Emerson String Quartet

The Emerson String Quartet is one of the top quartets in the world. Part of the reason for their success has been their consistency. They haven't had a personnel change since 1979, the year cellist David Finckel joined the group. But David Finckel recently announced that at the end of this season, he will be leaving the quartet to pursue other projects. The Emersons have a busy season this year, ramping up to the big goodbye in the spring. In today's show, we'll hear from a concert they gave in Athens, Georgia.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Christopher Simpson
    Division on a Ground
    The Newberry Consort, Mary Springfels, director
  • Anonymous (Early 17th Century)
    Pavana e Gagliarda Ferrarese
    The Newberry Violin Band
    Lutkin Hall, Evanston, Illinois
  • Giovanni Maria Trabaci
    Consonanze Stravagante
    The Newberry Violin Band
    Lutkin Hall, Evanston, Illinois
  • Franz Liszt
    Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
    Yuja Wang, piano
    Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Andrew Smith from El Paso, Texas
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Wedding March, from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61
    The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England

hour 2

  • Antonin Dvorak
    Intermezzo from Quintet in G for Strings, Op. 77
    The Emerson String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, bass
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Gavotte from Solo Violin Partita No. 3 in E
    Nikolaj Znaider, violin
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Maurice Ravel
    Le Tombeau de Couperin
    The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    String Quartet No. 23 in F, K. 590 (Prussian No. 3)
    The Emerson String Quartet
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
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