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Emerson Encores

Emerson String Quartet Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 2. Presto 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op.11 - 2. Molto adagio 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 - 2. Scherzo (Assez vif et bien rythmé) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, H.III, Op.76 No.2 - "Fifths" - 4. Finale (Vivace assai) 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bartók: String Quartet No.4, Sz. 91 - 2. Prestissimo, con sordino 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Smetana: String Quartet No.1 in E minor "From my Life" - 3. Largo sostenuto 8:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Wolf: Italian Serenade in G major WW XV / 3 7:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Borodin: String Quartet No.2 in D - 2. Scherzo 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Shostakovich: String Quartet No.3 in F major, Op.73 - 3. Allegro non troppo 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mozart: String Quartet No.15 in D minor, K.421 - 3. Minuetto (Allegretto) 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Crisantemi - Andante mesto 6:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Dvorák: String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 - "American" B.179 - 4. Finale (Vivace ma non troppo) 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Webern: 5 Movements for String Quartet, Op.5 - 3. Sehr bewegt0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Schubert: String Quartet No.12 in C minor, D.703 - "Quartettsatz" - Allegro assai 6:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Brahms: String Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.51 No.1 - 2. Romanze (Poco adagio) 7:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Beethoven: String Quartet No.9 In C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3" - 4. Allegro molto 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00006AKUX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Marketing Coup: Sweet but Slick October 20, 2003
By JMB1014
Format:Audio CD
The Emerson Quartet, commendably, likes to offer albums introducing listeners to the quartet literature. Their "key" to the Beethoven quartets, featuring movements from several of the 16, is one such album. This disc, by contrast, displays a wide variety of music composed for string quartet, from Haydn to Puccini, Shostakovitch and Webern. It is a delightfully diverse collection, offering grace, wit, beauty and passion. The sound is rich and excellent, making the album a pleasure to own. Why only 4 stars then? The Emerson is, if anything, a bit too slick, too facile and even cute. They are a string quartet in leather baseball caps and gleaming new SUV's, boasting of their vacation in Tuscany and reflecting much that is smug, trendy, and ultimately, superficial. There is plenty to admire in their technical prowess, and, granted, these pieces are labeled "encores," but it is still painful to hear Beethoven dashed off as if the point were simply to see how fast it can be played. The Emerson plays well, but will not be known for the kind of thoughtfulness, let alone richness of insight, much of the literature - and many of its adherents - demand. Indeed, some of the lengthier or calmer movements can sound, frankly, tedious. I am grateful to the Emerson for giving me a rollicking good time with pieces like Wolf's "Italian Serenade," but they are far from being my choice for Beethoven's middle, let alone late quartets, for instance, or for Schubert, Janacek or Brahms.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Color of sounds February 17, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This disks offers those who are beggining to hear music through this difficult medium (the string quartett), a very varied selection of some of the best music written for this medium, some recommendations would be the Beethoven, the Shostakovich, the Debussy, etc. The Emerson Quartett leaves you very satisfied with this selections. Some rarities you can find in this disk is Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" in its original conception and also Puccini's "Chrisantemo" which is a very nice arrangement. This disk is a must be for anyone who is beggining to explore the so-called "pure music": the string quartett.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun December 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a very enjoyable CD from the excellent Emerson Quartet. They have separately recorded their encore pieces, a nice variety of the quartet literature. The choices comprise a broad variety of the quartet literature, all performed beautifully. Certainly not a substitute for listening to the complete pieces but well worth owning.
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