Video: The Emerson Quartet in The Greene Space

Monday, May 06, 2013

Watch an archived video from The Greene Space at WQXR, featuring the Emerson String Quartet in its final New York performance in its current lineup.

As previously announced, David Finckel, the quartet's cellist since 1979, is leaving the respected ensemble at the end of the 2012-13 season. Paul Watkins, an English cellist who has an active career as a conductor, will succeed him.

In this sold-out event, the Emerson musicians discuss their legacy and plans for the future. The quartet performs music of Schubert, Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky, including an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s beloved Souvenir de Florence featuring guest artists Paul Neubauer on viola and Colin Carr on cello. WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon hosts.

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Excerpt: The Emerson Quartet perform Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence



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Betty Schwartz from New York, NY

Last year there was a film called "The Last Quartet" with Christopher Walken (who won an Oscar nomination) playing a string quartet founder and cellist who was retiring and how he fit his replacement into the group; Mr. Finckel's retirement from the Emerson and how his replacement was fit into the group was a very similar story. I am surprised the film was not mentioned on the broadcast (plot simplified for comparison issue).

Betty Schwartz

Jun. 01 2013 06:25 PM

Again, a spectacular event in The Greene Space brought to us by WQXR. Thank you!!

May. 06 2013 09:12 PM

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