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Intimate Voices / Emerson String Quartet

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 27
>Nielsen, Carl : At the bier of a young artist, FS 58
>Sibelius, Jean : Quartet for Strings in D minor ("Voces Intimae"), Op. 56
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Notes & Reviews:

After nearly a quarter century at the top of the classical music scene, the Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet devotes itself to gems of Scandinavian repertoire. 'Intimate Voices' is a collection of impassioned interpretations of hauntingly beautiful works by Grieg, Nielsen and Sibelius. Music that ranges from fiery expressiveness to solemn grief is brought to life by the exquisite playing of one of the best chamber ensembles of our time.

BBC Music Magazine
... a strong, sympathetic performance of Sibelius's one mature quartet, Voces Intimae, can make you regret that he didn't stick with the medium. ... it's good to hear this music taken so seriously, and so shaped so powerfully. The recordings are as fine as this truly outstanding playing deserves.

Gramophone Magazine
In the Grieg, a powerful, emphatic style highlights the music's passionate intensity. ... a magnificent performance... of the Sibelius... with a deeply felt Adagio and, in the finale, playing of such poise, crispness and vitality as to outpace even the 1930s Budapest.



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>Grieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 27
  • Performers: Eugene Drucker (Violin); Lawrence Dutton (Viola); David Finckel (Cello); Philip Setzer (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet
  • Running Time: 32 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Nielsen, Carl : At the bier of a young artist, FS 58
  • Performers: Eugene Drucker (Violin); Lawrence Dutton (Viola); David Finckel (Cello); Philip Setzer (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Sibelius, Jean : Quartet for Strings in D minor ("Voces Intimae"), Op. 56
  • Performers: Eugene Drucker (Violin); Lawrence Dutton (Viola); David Finckel (Cello); Philip Setzer (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet
  • Running Time: 27 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1908-1909