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Berg: Lyric Suite - Wellesz: Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Op. 52

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Though he was a member of the legendarily difficult Second Viennese School, Alban Berg’s music connects with the heart as much as the head. The Emerson Quartet give a moving performance of his Lyric Suite. Joined by Renée Fleming, they offer a ravishing performance of Viennese émigré Egon Wellesz’s five sonnet settings, a series that ends with the haunting “Mir scheint, das Angesicht der Welt verging.” The miniature encore by Eric Zeisl is similarly breathtaking.

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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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