Intimate Letters - Emerson String Quartet; Lawrence Dutton (viola); Philip Setzer (violin)
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  1. String Quartet No. 1 ("Kreutzer Sonata"), JW 7/8
  2. Madrigals (3) for violin & viola ("Duo No. 1"), H. 313
  3. String Quartet No. 2 ("Listy duverné," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
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America's Emerson String Quartet keeps getting better and better in deeper repertoire. Three years after its 2006 disc of romantic Scandinavian quartets by Sibelius, Nielsen, and Grieg, it released a disc of modernist Czech chamber music by Janácek and Martinu, the former's two string quartets and the latter's three madrigals for violin and viola. As before, the results are superb, and as befits Janácek's extremely passionate music, the performances are tonally voluptuous and expressively intense. The Emerson's first ...

Intimate Letters 2009, Deutsche Grammophon

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