Performance Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 8 PM

Emerson String Quartet
Yefim Bronfman

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
String music by two of England’s greatest composers and works by two German masters make for a thrilling evening of chamber music. Purcell’s great Chaconne is featured in Britten’s inventive arrangement for strings, while Britten’s String Quartet No. 2 pays tribute to Purcell’s Chaconne in his quartet’s powerful finale. Beethoven dubbed his F-Minor Quartet “Quartetto serioso,” thanks to its intensity and drive. Schumann’s Piano Quintet is an exuberant and inventive work from its opening movement to its thrilling closing double fugue.


  • Emerson String Quartet
    ·· Eugene Drucker, Violin
    ·· Philip Setzer, Violin
    ·· Lawrence Dutton, Viola
    ·· Paul Watkins, Cello
  • Yefim Bronfman, Piano


  • BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
  • PURCELL Chaconne in G Minor (arr. Britten)
  • BRITTEN String Quartet No. 2 in C Major
  • SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E-flat Major


Schumann's Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 44 (Allegro brillante)
Emerson String Quartet | Menahem Pressler, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

This performance is part of Great Artists II.

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