Takacs Quartet

Event has passed (Sat Oct 15, 2016 - Sun Apr 9, 2017)
Hertz Hall
Music, Classical Music


BEETHOVEN The Complete String Quartets

Oct 15, 8pm
No. 2 in G Major
No. 11 in F minor, Serioso
No. 13 in B-flat Major (with Finale)Oct 16, 3pm
No. 1 in F Major
No. 10 in E-flat Major, Harp
No. 14 in C-sharp minor

March 4, 8pm
No. 4 in C minor
No. 5 in A Major
No. 15 in A minorMarch 5, 3pm
No. 3 in D Major
No. 8 in E minor, Razumovsky
No. 12 in E-flat Major

April 8, 8pm
No. 6 in B-flat Major
No. 16 in F Major
No. 9 in C Major, RazumovskyApril 9, 3pm
No. 7 in F Major, Razumovsky
No. 13 in B-flat Major, with
Op. 133, Grosse Fugue

A momentous occasion! Following our tradition of exploring cycles of music in context, we present a cornerstone of classical music and one of humanity's greatest achievements.

Takács violinist Edward Dusinberre on the Beethoven Quartets: "Playing the works is a thrilling and daunting experience. We feel like tennis players forced out of position, obliged to draw on our physical and mental resources to raise our game. We have rehearsed this music for many years, but performing a Beethoven quartet still inspires an exhilarating sense of danger" (The Guardian, London).

Critic Alex Ross on the musicians: "The Takács players have been recording the complete Beethoven quartets, and their survey, now complete, stands as the most richly expressive modern account of this titanic cycle" (The New Yorker).


Known for incomparably blending individual musical personalities into a complete style and sound that meld passion, warmth and flashes of humor, the Takacs was the only string quartet included in Gramophone Magazine's first Hall of Fame in 2012. The ensemble's exploration of Schubert's quartets prompted the enthusiasm of The New York Times: "Again the Takacs players took risks with their exertions. And again the result was a performance that conveyed superlatively Schubert's inimitable entwinement of filigree and frenzy."



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