Evgeny Kissin & The Emerson String Quartet

Apr 15

3:00 PM

Mozart, Fauré, Dvořák

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A pianist of phenomenal eloquence and technique, Evgeny Kissin makes a rare SCP Chamber Music series appearance alongside the superb Emerson String Quartet. Join us for an afternoon of exceptional virtuosity as these classical marvels collaborate.

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Approximate concert duration: 130 minutes including intermission


Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1
Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2

Shostakovich Scherzo from Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

During its more than four-decade history, the Emerson String Quartet has frequently teamed up with a range of notable musicians, including pianists Jeffrey Kahane, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Menahem Pressler; bassist Edgar Meyer; cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, and flutist Carol Wincenc. For its latest collaboration, the quartet will perform with perhaps its highest-profile partner yet, pianist Evgeny Kissin. “From the first notes we played with him, we were just really struck with the extraordinary command of the instrument that he has," said Emerson cellist Paul Watkins, "but also this amazingly deep ringing sound that he brings out of the piano in whatever he plays." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Even though Paul Watkins has been a member of the Emerson String Quartet since 2013, he is still the “new guy.” When the Welsh cellist joined the famed ensemble in its 37th season, replacing David Finckel, it was the group’s first-ever switch in personnel. Such a change can be risky, because a new player, no matter how technically accomplished, can throw off the carefully honed sound and blend that quartets work so hard to establish. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories