String quartet formed in Budapest and now in its 32nd season, based in Colorado since 1983. Has recorded complete Beethoven and Bartók quartets to critical acclaim.
Takács QuartetFeb. 24, 2008

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

The Takács Quartet, formed at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and now in its thirty-second season, has been based in Boulder, Colorado, since 1983. Renowned for its virtuosic technique and burnished tone, it is one of the world’s premier string quartets, touring North America, Europe and Asia with a wide-ranging repertoire and performing at prestigious festivals, such as Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Salzburg and the Aspen Music Festival and School, where it is Resident Quartet. It has numerous prize-winning recordings, including the complete Beethoven Quartet cycle on the Decca label, which won a stunning total of 9 prestigious awards; and its recording of the six Bartók String Quartets won the 1998 Gramophone Award for chamber music. In 2005 the ensemble signed a recording contract with Hyperion and its members were named Associate Artists of the South Bank Centre in London. In 2001 the Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary.

Sixth LMMC engagement.

www.takacsquartet.com

Programme:

HAYDN           Quartet in F major, Opus 74 No. 2, Hob. III:73
                               Allegro spiritoso
                               Andante grazioso
                               Menuetto: Allegro
                               Finale: Presto

BARTÓ
K         String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102
                               I     Allegro
                               II    Adagio molto
                               III   Scherzo: Alla bulgarese - Trio
                               IV   Andante
                               V    Finale: Allegro vivace - Presto

BRAHMS        Quartet in C minor, Opus 51 No. 1
                              Allegro
                              Romanze: Poco adagio
                              Allegretto molto moderato e comodo -
                                  Un poco piů animato
                              Allegro