Emerson said: ‘Life is a journey, not a destination’

Emerson said: ‘Life is a journey, not a destination’


norman lebrecht

September 14, 2022

America’s foremost string quartet have begun their farewell season in reflective mood.

Their farewell season will include performances in major concert halls across the United States and Europe, including at New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, London’s Southbank Centre, Vienna’s Musikverein, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Cologne, and Prague.


  • Larry says:

    I’ll never forget hearing them play all 6 Bartok quartets in a single concert at Lincoln Center, late ’90s. They are leaving an amazing legacy of great music making. Tutti bravo!! (It might have been nice if you showed a photo with all 4 musicians.)

    • A Pianist says:

      Yep I too was there. Great concert. Bartok is really in their wheelhouse.

      • Larry says:

        There were several young violin students sitting behind me along with their teacher, the wonderful Marge Pardee. (Marge was concertmaster of the old Great Neck (NY) Symphony when I was the timpanist.) After the final notes of the last Bartok, I heard one of the students ask Marge: “Do you think they’ll play an encore?”

        Isn’t youth wonderful?

  • Conrad Soderholm says:

    And Saint Paul’s Music in the Park.

  • Plush says:

    Fantastic group always up to give a really first class performance. Best heard in a chamber music hall, not a large hall made for orchestra presentation.

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:

    Having heard them perform in many different cities I think it’s fair to also applaud their recording engineer(s) at DG.

    Bravo to all!

    • David K. Nelson says:

      Their splendid recording of the three “Prussian” quartets of Mozart was made for Sony, and is highy recommended. These quartets by the way are (to my way of thinking) most likely the works Tchaikovsky was thinking of when he said his Serenade for Strings was his homage to Mozart and that he hoped he had captured something of Mozart in it.

  • Mock Mahler says:

    Emerson (Ralph Waldo, that is), didn’t say that, though he said things with similar import.