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The Emerson Quartet plays this piece of Bach's Art beautifully. What I resent is iTunes controlling what I can do where and when with something I purchased. I could never get it authorized to play on another of my computers. The system they use is to waste ones time going back and forth to iTunes. The albumn gets 5 stars, iTunes get 1 star.

Great Album

One of Bach's best works, well played and great recording. Get this one on a CD. There is some useful text in the cover and the quality would be much better.


The Bach fugues can indeed sound superb played on strings. Unfortunately, the performance here is sterile and academic, strangely detached and unmoving, with an almost comical amount of vibrato in every note. Furthermore, the recording is dry and brittle. The empty chairs on the cover seem to say it all: There is no life or soul here. The grandeur of Bach is lost in translation. Ladies and gentlemen, Bach has left the building!


Genre: Classical

Since its formation in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet has gradually achieved recognition as one of the world's top chamber ensembles. The group's reputation partially rests upon its daring interpretations of core string quartet repertory; it has performed the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, and Bartók in major concert halls around the world, and its interpretations tend toward the personal, the passionate, and even the hell-for-leather. Audiences have responded...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Aug 05, 2003

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