Formed in Budapest in 1975, now based in Colorado; 2011 winners of Chamber Music and Song Award, named Associate Artists at Wigmore Hall. CDs on Hyperion label.
Takács QuartetNov. 11, 2012

Edward Dusinberre - violin        Geraldine Walther - viola
Károly Schranz - violin        András Fejer - cello

The Takács Quartet, winners of the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London, is based in Boulder at the University of Colorado. The Quartet performs 90 concerts a year worldwide and has an extensive discography including many award-winning recordings, among others Disc of the Year and Chamber Award from BBC Music Magazine, a Gramophone Award and a Japanese Record Academy Award for the late Beethoven quartets. It is known for its innovative programming and collaborates regularly with the Hungarian folk ensemble Muzsikas to explore the folk sources of Bartók’s music. Formed in 1975 in Budapest, it came to international attention two years later when it won First Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The following year it won the Gold Medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions, and First prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition.

8th LMMC engagement.

PROGRAMME:

HAYDN        String Quartet in D major, Opus 76 No. 5
                            Allegretto Largo, cantabile e mesto
                            Menuetto: Allegro
                            Finale: Presto

BRITTEN      String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Opus 25
                            Andante sostenuto
                            Allegretto con slancio
                            Andante calmo
                            Molto vivace

DVOŘÁK      String Quartet in D major, Opus 96 " American "
                            Adagio ma non troppo
                            Lento Molto vivace
                            Finale: Vivace ma non troppo

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