A gathering of classical luminaries
Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson String Quartet will be kicking off a new year of classical music at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden on January 14, 2018
Evgeny Kissin feels almost at home in Baden-Baden. The Russian pianist is an audience favorite here; this time around he’ll be returning to his southwest German “residence” with the Emerson String Quartet from the U.S.
The musicians can be heard in a chamber music program at 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden, The program will feature works by Mozart, Fauré, and Dvorák.
The Emerson String Quartet was founded in 1976 and was one of the first quartets whose two violinists – Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer – take turns playing the first part. Lawrence Dutton is the violist, and cellist Paul Watkins joined the quartet in 2013, enriching the ensemble, already legendary in the U.S., with a new and particularly warm sound.
With nine Grammys, three Gramophone Awards, and many other honors, the Emerson String Quartet is unquestionably one of the finest chamber music ensembles on the planet. When the quartet invites world-class Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin for its new piano quartet program, we’ll experience a meeting of musical luminaries. Kissin was honored with the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize in Baden-Baden in 2005.
For the Emerson String Quartet, the first concert of the new year 2018 will be the January 14 performance at the Festival Hall Baden-Baden. The Festival Hall will also open its classical music year with the wonderful partnership between the quartet and pianist Evgeny Kissin.
The first work on the evening’s program will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, followed by Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, op. 15. After the intermission the musicians will present the Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, op. 81 by Antonin Dvorák.