String quartet founded in 1975, in residence at Colorado University since 1983, inducted into Gramophone’s first Hall of Fame in May 2012. CDs include all Beethoven and Bartók quartets. 9th LMMC engagement.
TAKÁCS QUARTETSept. 28, 2014

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

The Takács Quartet was founded by four students in Budapest in 1975. It first received international attention in 1977 by winning the First Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. In subsequent years it also won top prizes at the Portsmouth, Bordeaux and Budapest competitions. The quartet made its first North American tour in 1982. The following year it began a residency at the University of Colorado in Boulder, which continues to this day. In May 2012, Gramophone magazine announced that the Takács Quartet was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The Quartet is also the recipient of the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, conferred by President Lászl Slyom. Among the Takács’ many recordings are the complete quartets of Beethoven, which New Yorker critic Alex Ross proclaimed to be “the most richly expressive modern account of this titanic cycle” and the complete quartets of Bartók, for which they won Gramophone magazine’s prize for Best Chamber Music Recording in 1998.

PROGRAMME:

HAYDN                      String Quartet in B flat major, Opus 64
                                    No. 3, Hob.III:67                      
                                        Vivace assai
                                        Adagio
                                        Menuetto: Allegretto
                                        Finale: Allegro con spirito

JANÁČEK                 String Quartet No. 2 ‘Intimate Letters’
                                        Andante
                                        Adagio
                                        Moderato
                                        Allegro

BEETHOVEN           String Quartet in B flat major, Opus 130
                                        Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro
                                        Presto
                                        Andante con moto, ma non troppo
                                        Alla danza tedesca: Allegro assai
                                        Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo - attacca
                                        Finale: Allegro

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