OF A TROUBLED WORLD
BILL NEWMAN discusses the Emersons' new recording
of the complete Shostakovich works for string quartet
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Four players of prime technical expertise and musicianship, the Emerson
Quartet's performances of Shostakovich are a revelation. Every expression
marking, nuance, accent, glissandi, pause, rest marking are scrupulously
observed, but above all their stylistic realization of the music in toto
reveals a new approach that withstands competition at the start of the new
Millennium. The recording has Executive Producers Alison Ames and Christopher
Alder sharing the responsibilities, while the team of Engineers: Da-Hong
Seetoo (also responsible for editing), Max Wilcox (their regular guy) and
Nelson Wong deserves the highest praises for immediacy, balancing all those
intriguing musical strands, catching the full bloom of the performers' tonal
colorations to perfection.
The Emerson Quartet. Photo: Sheila Rock
While agreeing with Eugene Drucker's assessment: 'I can't think of another
quartet cycle in the 20th Century that's more important for our times...'
I am sure he also includes the six by Bartók - which they have already
recorded - high on his list. And what about the four by Schoenberg, the
five by Ernest Bloch and the fifteen by Danish composer Vagn Holmboe? Dare
one hope that he and his colleagues will do them a similar service?
Copyright © 29 May 2000 Bill Newman,
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