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Review: Emerson quartet as good as ever with its new cellist

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The Emerson String Quartet is like an old friend. On Wednesday, it came to Union College’s Memorial Chapel to entertain a near-capacity crowd with an interesting program that paired two works rarely performed with one that is a giant in the repertoire. This was the quartet’s 30th year appearing in the International Festival of Chamber Music. Violinists Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker and violist Lawrence Dutton were joined by their new cellist, Paul Watkins, who ...

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November 7, 2013
2 a.m.

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A fair, balanced, comprehensive review, as usual, but I have one caveat: In the Beethoven, 1st violinist Eugene Drucker had some tuning problems in the first two movements, rectified this for the last two movements, BUT I found this work performed less robustly than I have come to expect from the Emerson, mainly, I surmise, because of Drucker's somewhat anemic playing. I could be wrong, of course, and as Ms. Freedman reported, the large crowd loved it, ALL of it, but I thought Eugene looked very pale and somewhat under the weather, a fact that was reflected in his playing.