The legendary Takacs Quartet tonight. From a concert recorded live in Paris on October 31, 2013 by the venerable Radio France Musique. The quartet plays music of Ravel, Bartok, Dvorak and an encore by Haydn.
Starting with the F-Major String Quartet of Ravel and then the Opus 1 Quartet of Bartok and finishing the with Opus 10 Quartet by Dvorak. And coming back for an encore with the 4th movement of the op. 64 Quartet by Haydn. A good night of music making all around.
In case you’re just getting your feet wet with Chamber Music, or with ensembles of the last few decades, which I confess I’m a little remiss on, being a big fan of the “old groups” – here’s some background on this highly regarded little band:
The Takács Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér, while all four were students. It first received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The Quartet also won the Gold Medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions and First Prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981. The Quartet made its North American debut tour in 1982. After several changes of personnel, the most recent addition is second violinist Harumi Rhodes, following Károly Schranz’s retirement in April 2018. In 2001 the Takács Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary, and in March 2011 each member of the Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit Commander’s Cross by the President of the Republic of Hungary.
That, via their webpage which says it all and straight to the point.
All you have to do, should you choose – is get comfortable and hit the play button – and enjoy.