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Emerson String Quartet at SF Performances


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Final evening the Emerson String Quartet (pictured, {photograph} by Jürgen Frank) performed at Herbst Theatre because the penultimate present within the 2021-2022 season at SF Performances.

The efficiency began with a completely pretty String Quartet No. 2 in D Main by Borodin. The Allegro moderato was performed with a singing tone by first violinist Philip Setzer, whereas the Scherzo: Allegro had a extra dance-like facet. The plaintive Noctturno: Andante could be very acquainted to everybody, however I cherished how uniform the taking part in was, how the solo line began with the cello and moved in flip to the opposite musicians. The quartet is clearly tight and it’s great to listen to the 4 voices mix so elegantly. The Finale: Andante; Vivace was vivid and collectively.

Subsequent was Barber’s String Quartet in B Minor, Opus 11, which I’ve by no means heard however nonetheless has themes within the center motion Molto adagio that reappear within the well-known Adagio for Strings. There was a sure strident high quality to outer actions — Molto allegro e appassionato and Molto allegro (come prima) –, and an attention-grabbing “buzziness” to the music.

After the intermission got here Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40, beginning with a lyrical Lento. The primary violinist was switched to Eugene Drucker, who performed gracefully. I loved the aptly named Poco a poco accelerando all’allegretto, the chromaticism sounded lush and the modifications in dynamics have been distinct. The Introduzione: Allegro; Allegro vivace at occasions appeared like a swarm of wasps virtually, and there was one thing moderately transferring about every of the musicians taking part in a specific line after which taking part in in unison.

The encore was a Bach chorale, with Philip Setzer again as first violinist. It was a relaxed, meditative technique to finish the night.

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The Emerson String Quartet is disbanding subsequent yr, which is why I used to be prompted to listen to the group, as I’ve not heard them since 2009. I’ve a comfortable spot for this quartet as their recording of Full Beethoven String Quartets was one of many first chamber music CDs I ever bought.

One of many ushers carried round a “Put on Your Masks” join and down the aisles earlier than curtain. Individuals have been good about protecting them on all through the efficiency. There have been no digital disturbances famous, solely a dropped program and some coughs.

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