The world-renowned Takács Quartet, now in their 48th season, return to the Music Room. The acclaimed Quartet brings a program including Haydn, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, whose works have recently begun to move out of her brother Felix’s shadow, and Schubert’s final quartet, in G Major.
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in F Major, H. III:82
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: String Quartet in E-flat Major
Franz Schubert: String Quartet in G Major, D. 887
The world-renowned Takács Quartet began its 48th season with a tour of Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea, and the release of two new CDs for Hyperion Records. A disc of Haydn’s opp. 42, 77, and 103 is followed by the first recording of an extraordinary new work written for the Takács by Stephen Hough, Les Six Rencontres, presented with quartets by Ravel and Dutilleux. As Associate Artists at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Takács performs four concerts there and continues its fruitful partnership with pianist Jeremy Denk, performing on several North American series.
Throughout the season, the ensemble will play at prestigious European venues including the Edinburgh and Schwetzingen Festivals, Madrid’s Auditorio de Música, Bilbao’s Philharmonic Society, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Bath Mozartfest. The group’s North American engagements include concerts in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.
The Takács Quartet is known for its innovative programming. In 2021 – 22, the ensemble partnered with bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro to premiere new works by Clarice Assad and Bryce Dessner, commissioned by Music Accord. In 2014 the Takács performed a program inspired by Philip Roth’s novel Everyman with Meryl Streep at Princeton University, and again at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 2015. They first performed Everyman at Carnegie Hall in 2007 with Philip Seymour Hoffman. They have toured 14 cities with the poet Robert Pinsky, and played regularly with the Hungarian Folk group Muzsikas.
The Takács records for Hyperion Records, recently winning awards for their recordings of string quartets by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, and — with pianist Garrick Ohlsson — piano quintets by Amy Beach and Elgar. Other releases for Hyperion feature works by Haydn, Schubert, Janáček, Smetana, Debussy, and Britten, as well as piano quintets by César Franck and Shostakovich (with Marc-André Hamelin), and viola quintets by Brahms and Dvorák (with Lawrence Power). For their CDs on the Decca/London label, the Quartet has won three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, three Japanese Record Academy Awards, Disc of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Magazine Awards, and Ensemble Album of the Year at the Classical Brits.
The Takács Quartet was formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. The group received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics’ Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The Quartet made its North American debut tour in 1982.
To learn more about the Takács Quartet, please visit their website.
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