Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings
Benjamin Britten – String Quartet No. 3 in G major, Op. 94
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 “Rasumovsky”
In this new program, the Emerson Quartet explores three famous quartets written as elegies: Barber’s Adagio, probably the most famous elegy ever written; Britten’s third quartet and final work, completed on his death bed; and Beethoven’s Opus 59, No. 1, in which he references the Freemasons and their philosophies of mourning and resurrection.
“With musicians like this there must be some hope for humanity.” (The Times, London)