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Emerson String Quartet Plays Beethoven

Posted at 2:40 AM on December 30, 2009 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs

In the early 19th century, the Russian Ambassador in Vienna was a fellow named Andreas Razumovsky, and he had a wide circle of musical friends - notably Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Some music historians believe it was Razumovsky who introduced Beethoven to Russian folk music.

Later tonight (12:05am, Thursday), you'll hear an exclusive performance (from June, 2009 at the Rococo Theatre in Schwetzingen, Germany) by the Emerson String Quartet, playing one of Beethoven's three Razumovsky Quartets, which were all dedicated to the Russian Ambassador. Stay up late for our weekly Euro Classic on Classical MPR.

Saturday's Euro Classic (8:05pm) features I Fagiolini performing Madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi.