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 Emerson’s play with masterly warmth and ease: a spontaneous confidence and joy.
Naturally enough, the master string quartet has chosen to play a program of great masterpieces. Mozart was writing with audiences very much in mind, and his quartets are full of attention-grabbing highlights and dreamy slow movements, while the vitality of folk music shapes the quartets of Dvořák. 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.
Eugene Drucker- violin
Philip Setzer - violin
Lawrence Dutton - viola
Paul Watkins - cello
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
Tour supported by the Musica Viva Amadeus Society