Emerson String Quartet

  • Haydn: Quartets Op. 76, Nos. 5 and 6
  • Beethoven: Quartets Op. 18, Nos. 5 and 6

The “consistently brilliant” (New York Times) Emerson String Quartet presents a three-part series of late Haydn and early Beethoven, two masters of the string quartet. Haydn’s Op. 76 Quartets are ambitious chamber works containing some of his boldest and brightest musical writing, the brilliant result of a lifetime spent developing the form. Beethoven’s Op. 18 Quartets exhibit mastery of the Classical legacy he inherited from Haydn, which Beethoven pushed to a new threshold while incorporating motifs of tension, humor, and grace.

The Emerson has staked its claim to being the one indispensable quartet in a world that is constantly creating more, excellent ensembles.”


The Emerson performances represented an extraordinary fusion of experience and authority with audacity and freshness.”

Boston Globe