EMERSON STRING QUARTET Complete DG Recordings

EMERSON STRING QUARTET
Complete Recordings on
Deutsche Grammophon

Int. Release 17 Jun. 2016
52 CDs
0289 479 5982 3


Track List

CD 1: Schubert: String Quartet "Death And The Maiden" D. 810 / Beethoven: String Quartet "Quartetto serioso" Op.95

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
String Quartet No.14 In D Minor, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden"

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet No.11 In F Minor, Op.95 - "Serioso"

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 57:18

CD 2: Bartók: The String Quartets

Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
String Quartet No.1, BB 52, Op.7, Sz. 40

1.
9:16

2.
8:11

String Quartet No.3, BB 93, Sz.85

String Quartet No.5, BB 110, Sz.102

7.
7:20

8.
5:52

10.
4:47

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:12:26

CD 3: Bartók: The String Quartets

Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
String Quartet No.2, BB 75, Op.17, Sz.67

1.
10:11

3.
9:18

String Quartet No.4, BB 95, Sz.91

4.
5:38

String Quartet No.6, BB 119, Sz.114

12.
6:21

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:16:02

CD 4: Claude Debussy / Maurice Ravel: String Quartets

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10, L. 85

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
String Quartet In F Major, M.35

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 52:32

CD 5: Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No.1 / Borodin: String Quartet No.2

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
String Quartet No.1 In D Major, Op.11, TH.111

Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887)
String Quartet No.2 In D

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 51:49

CD 6: Haydn: String Quartet "Emperor" / Schubert: String Quartet No.13, Op. 29, D. 804 "Rosamunde"; String Quartet No.12 In C Minor, D. 703 "Quartettsatz"

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
String Quartet In C Major, Op.76 No.3, Hob. lll:77 "Emperor")

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
String Quartet No.13 In A Minor, D. 804 "Rosamunde"

String Quartet No.12 In C Minor, D.703 - "Quartettsatz"

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:07:41

CD 7: Beethoven / Schubert: String Quartets

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet No.16 In F Major, Op. 135

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
String Quartet No.15 In G, D. 887

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:08:26

CD 8: Dvorák: String Quartet No.12 "American" / Smetana: String Quartet No.1 "From My Life"

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
String Quartet No.12 In F Major, Op.96 "American" B. 179

Bedrich Smetana (1824 - 1884)
String Quartet No.1 In E Minor, T.116 "From My Life"

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 51:19

CD 9: Brahms: String Quartet No.1 / Schumann: String Quartet No.2

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
String Quartet No.1 In C Minor, Op.51 No.1

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
String Quartet No.3 in A, Op.41 No.3

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 58:58

CD 10: Mozart: Flute Quartets Nos.1-4

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Flute Quartet in D, K.285

Carol Wincenc, Emerson String Quartet

Flute Quartet No.2 In G, K.285a

Flute Quartet In C Major, K.285b (doubtful)

Flute Quartet in A, K.298

Rondo in G major (arr. of. K. 494)

Emerson String Quartet, Carol Wincenc

Total Playing Time 1:01:17

CD 11: Prokofiev: String Quartets Nos.1 & 2 ; Sonata for 2 Violins

Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
String Quartet No.1 in B minor, Op.50

Sonata for two violins in C, Op.56

String Quartet No.2 in F, Op.92

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 58:52

CD 12: Schubert: String Quintet In C Major D.956, Op. Posth. 163

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
String Quintet In C Major, D. 956

2.
0:00
14:50

Mstislav Rostropovich, Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 53:31

CD 13: Mozart: The 6 "Haydn" Quartets

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.14 In G, K.387

String Quartet No.15 In D Minor, K.421

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 56:26

CD 14: Mozart: The 6 "Haydn" Quartets

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No. 16 In E Flat Major, K.428

String Quartet No.17 In B Flat, K.458 -"The Hunt"

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 53:14

CD 15: Mozart: The 6 "Haydn" Quartets

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.18 In A, K.464

String Quartet No.19 In C, K.465 - "Dissonance"

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:05:49

CD 16: Ives: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 / Barber: String Quartet 1992; Dover Beach

Charles Edward Ives (1874 - 1954)
String Quartet No.1 "From the Salvation Army"

Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981)
Adagio For Strings, Op.11/2

Charles Edward Ives (1874 - 1954)
String Quartet No.2

Emerson String Quartet

Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981)
Thomas Hampson, Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:12:37

CD 17: J. Harbison / R. Wernick / G. Schuller: String Quartets

John H. Harbison (1938 - )
String Quartet No.2 (1987)

Richard Wernick (1934 - )
String Quartet No.4 (1990)

Gunther Schuller (1925 - )
String Quartet No.3 (1986)

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:07:51

CD 18: Dvorák: Piano Quintet, Op. 81; Piano Quartet, Op. 87

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Piano Quintet In A, Op.81, B. 155

Piano Quartet In E Flat, Op.87, B. 162

6.
0:00
10:19

Menahem Pressler, Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:15:20

CD 19: Webern: Works For String Quartet; String Trio Op.20

Anton Webern (1883 - 1945)
5 Movements For String Quartet, Op.5

6 Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op.9

Three Pieces For String Quartet (1913)

16.
0:00
0:36

Emerson String Quartet

Mary Ann McCormick, Emerson String Quartet

String Trio Op.20

String Quartet, Op.28

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:07:11

CD 20: Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op.22; Piano Quartet, Op. 47

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Piano Quintet In E Flat, Op.44

Piano Quartet In E Flat, Op.47

Menahem Pressler, Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 57:26

CD 21: Beethoven: The String Quartets

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In D, Op.18 No.3

String Quartet No.1 In F, Op.18 No.1

String Quartet No.2 In G, Op.18 No.2

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:12:11

CD 22: Beethoven: The String Quartets

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In C Minor, Op.18 No.4

String Quartet In A, Op.18 No.5

String Quartet In B Flat, Op.18 No.6

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:13:02

CD 23: Beethoven: The String Quartets

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In F, Op.59 No.1 - "Rasumovsky"

String Quartet No.8 In E Minor, Op.59 No.2 -"Rasumovsky No. 2"

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:11:40

CD 24: Beethoven: The String Quartets

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3"

String Quartet No.10 In E Flat, Op.74 - "Harp"

String Quartet No.11 In F Minor, Op.95 - "Serioso"

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:17:36

CD 25: Beethoven: The String Quartets

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet No.12 In E Flat Major, Op.127

String Quartet In C Sharp Minor, Op.131

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:11:53

CD 26: Beethoven: The String Quartets

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet No.15 In A Minor, Op.132

String Quartet No.16 In F Major, Op. 135

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:07:31

CD 27: Beethoven: The String Quartets

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In B Flat, Op.130

String Quartet In B Flat, Op.130

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 57:01

CD 28: Meyer: Quintet / Rorem: Quartet No.4

Edgar Meyer
Quintett für Streichquartett und Kontrabass

Emerson String Quartet, Edgar Meyer

Ned Rorem (1923 - )
Streichquartett Nr. 4

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 53:11

CD 29: Mozart / Brahms: Clarinet Quintets

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581

1.
9:18

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Clarinet Quintet In B Minor, Op.115

6.
0:00
11:08

David Shifrin, Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:09:36

CD 30: Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.1 - 3

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
String Quartet No.1 In C Major, Op.49

String Quartet No.2 In A Major, Op.68

String Quartet No.3 In F Major, Op.73

12.
0:00
4:44

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:15:25

CD 31: Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.4 - 6

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
String Quartet No.4 In D Major, Op.83

String Quartet No.5 In B Flat Major, Op.92

String Quartet No.6 In G Major Op.101

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:16:44

CD 32: Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.7 - 10

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
String Quartet No.7 In F Sharp Minor, Op.108

String Quartet No.8 In C Minor, Op.110

String Quartet No.9 In E Flat Major, Op.117

10.
0:00
3:47

12.
0:00
3:00

String Quartet No.10 In A Flat Major, Op.118

16.
0:00
4:49

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:17:37

CD 33: Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.11 - 13; Adagio (Elegy); Allegretto (Polka)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
String Quartet No.11 In F Minor, Op.122

String Quartet No.12 In D Flat Major, Op.133

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:08:34

CD 34: Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.14 & 15

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
String Quartet No.14 In F Sharp Major Op.142

String Quartet No.15 In E Flat Minor, Op.144

4.
0:00
12:37

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:00:31

CD 35: Haydn: String Quartets Op.20, Op.33 "The Joke", Op.54 & Op.64

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
String Quartet in F Minor, Hob. III:35 (Op.20 No.5)

String Quartet In E Flat Major, Hob. III:38 (Op.33 No.2)

String Quartet in G Major, Hob. III:57 (Op.54 No.1)

String Quartet In D Major, Hob. III:63, (Op.64 No.5 "The Lark")

14.
0:00
6:01

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:13:42

CD 36: Haydn: String Quartets Op.74 "The Rider", Op.76 "Fifths" & Op.77

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
String Quartet In G Minor, Hob. III:74 (Op.74 No.3 "The Horseman")

String Quartet In D Minor, Hob. III:76 (Op.76 No.2 - "Fifths")

String Quartet In G Major, Hob. III:81 (Op.77 No.1)

10.
0:00
6:41

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:08:02

CD 37: Bach, J.S.: The Art of Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
The Art Of Fugue, BWV 1080

Version for String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel

Emerson String Quartet

Eugene Drucker, David Finckel

Emerson String Quartet

Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel

Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton

Philip Setzer, David Finckel

Philip Setzer, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel

Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel

Philip Setzer, David Finckel

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:19:59

CD 38: Haydn: The Seven Last Words, Op.51

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51, Hob. III:50-56

Including Intermezzo

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:09:03

CD 39: Mendelssohn: The String Quartets

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
String Quartet No.2 In A Minor, Op.13, MWV R22

Four Pieces For String Quartet, Op.81, MWV R 35

5.
0:00
4:51

String Quartet No.1 In E Flat, Op.12, MWV R 25

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 57:36

CD 40: Mendelssohn: The String Quartets

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
String Quartet In E Minor, Op.44, No.2, MWV R26

String Quartet In E Flat, Op.44, No.3, MWV R 28

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:00:08

CD 41: Mendelssohn: The String Quartets

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
String Quartet In D, Op.44, No.1, MWV R 30

Four Pieces For String Quartet, Op.81, MWV R 35

String Quartet No.6 In F Minor, Op.80, MWV R 37

Four Pieces For String Quartet, Op.81, MWV R 35

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:09:23

CD 42: Mendelssohn: The String Quartets

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Octet In E Flat, Op.20, MWV R20

String Quartet In E Flat Major, MWV R18

8.
0:00
4:02

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 54:11

CD 43: Intimate Voices

Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)
String Quartet In G Minor, Op.27

Carl Nielsen (1865 - 1931)
Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
String Quartet In D Minor, Op.56 "Voces Intimae"

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:03:44

CD 44: Brahms: String Quartets, Op.51 Nos.1 & 2

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
String Quartet No.1 In C Minor, Op.51 No.1

String Quartet No.2 In A Minor, Op.51 No.2

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:03:31

CD 45: Brahms: String Quartet, Op.67 & Piano Quintet, Op.34

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
String Quartet No.3 In B Flat, Op.67

Emerson String Quartet

Piano Quintet In F Minor, Op.34

Emerson String Quartet, Leon Fleisher

Total Playing Time 1:18:08

CD 46: Bach, J.S.: Fugues

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869

arr. for strings by E. A. Förster

The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893

Arranged for String Quartet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, KV 405

arr. for strings by E. A. Förster

Emerson String Quartet

The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869

arr. for strings by E. A. Förster

Emerson String Quartet, Da-Hong Seetoo

Da-Hong Seetoo, Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 57:17

CD 47: Janacek / Martinu: String Quartets "Intimate Letters"

Leos Janácek (1854 - 1928)
String Quartet No.1

Emerson String Quartet

Bohuslav Martinu (1890 - 1959)
Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola Op.H 313

Philip Setzer, Lawrence Dutton

Leos Janácek (1854 - 1928)
String Quartet No.2 "Intimate Letters"

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 55:12

CD 48: Dvorák: String Quartets No.10 In E Flat Major, Op.51, No. 11 In C Major, Op.61

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
String Quartet No.10 In E Flat Major, Op.51, B.92

String Quartet No.11 In C Major, Op.61, B. 121

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:11:09

CD 49: Dvorák: String Quintet In E Flat Major, Op. 97, B.152

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
String Quintet In E Flat Major, Op.97, B.180

Emerson String Quartet, Paul Neubauer

Cypresses B.152

12.
0:00
2:59

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:05:18

CD 50: Dvorák: String Quartets No. 13 In G Major, Op.106 & No.14 In A Flat Major, Op.105

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
String Quartet No.13 In G Major, Op.106, B. 192

String Quartet No.14 In A Flat Major, Op.105, B. 193

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:08:53

CD 51: Berg: Lyric Suite / Wellesz: Sonnets from the Portuguese / Zeisl: Komm süßer Tod

Alban Berg (1885 - 1935)
Lyric Suite For String Quartet (1926)

Emerson String Quartet

Egon Wellesz (1885 - 1974)
Sonnets From The Portuguese, Op.52

Sonnets From The Portuguese

Eric Zeisl (1905 - 1959)
Renée Fleming, Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 56:26

CD 52: Brahms: O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf / Sibelius: Andante Festivo / Janácek: On An Overgrown Path I / Wolf: Italian Serenade / Puccini: Crisantemi / Haydn: Seven Last Words / A Journey Through Mendelssohn's Quartets

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
Leos Janácek (1854 - 1928)
On an Overgrown Path (Po zarostlém chodnicku), JW 8/17

arranged for String Quartet by Jarmil Burghauser

On an overgrown path 1

Hugo Wolf (1860 - 1903)
Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Crisantemi

Emerson String Quartet

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51, Hob. III:50-56

Including Intermezzo

Emerson String Quartet, Eugene Drucker

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51, Hob. III:50-56

Including Intermezzo

Eugene Drucker, Emerson String Quartet

Eugene Drucker

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Violin Sonata in F Minor, Op.4, MWV Q12

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
String Quartet No.1 In E Flat, Op.12, MWV R 25

Four Pieces For String Quartet, Op.81, MWV R 35

15.
1:25

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
String Quartet In E Flat, Op.44, No.3, MWV R 28

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
String Quartet No.6 In F Minor, Op.80, MWV R 37

Four Pieces For String Quartet, Op.81, MWV R 35

20.
3:44

Emerson String Quartet, Eugene Drucker

Total Playing Time 1:23:05

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