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Takács String Quartet graces Yale stage Oct. 15

“This is chamber-music playing of overwhelming intensity…simply the best I have ever heard in concert.”
– Guardian (London)
September 24, 2013

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The Yale School of Music presents the Takács String Quartet performing music by Beethoven, Janáček, and Smetana on Tuesday, October 15 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The ensemble, which is renowned for its interpretation of Beethoven’s music, will open their concert with Beethoven’s String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4. The Cleveland Plain Dealer  has said, “The Takács might play this repertoire [Beethoven] better than any other quartet in the past or present.” 

The Beethoven will be followed by Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters.” Called Janáček’s “manifesto on love,” the piece was inspired by his intimate friendship with Kamila Stösslová, a married woman with whom he exchanged more than 700 letters. Janáček wrote to Stösslová, who is personified by the viola in the piece: “You stand behind every note, you, living, forceful, loving. The fragrance of your body, the glow of your kisses—no, really of mine. Those notes of mine kiss all of you.”

To close the concert, the Takács will perform another Czech masterwork, Bedřich Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1, “From My Life.” The four-movement quartet in the Romantic style was composed after Smetana had grown deaf. He sought to compose a confessional, autobiographical work, “using four instruments speaking among themselves in something like a friendly circle.”

This concert opens the 2013–14 season of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, which is directed by David Shifrin. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets start at $25, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the link below or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.



About the Takács String Quartet

Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács String Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács 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 ensemble also won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. The Takács Quartet performs ninety concerts a year worldwide, in North America, throughout Europe as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

Appointed in 2012 as the first-ever Associate Artists at Wigmore Hall in London, the Takács will present six concerts per season there. Other European engagements include performances in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. In 2013-2014, the Takács returns to Japan and Singapore, and will also perform Bartók Cycles throughout the U.S., including performances at Ravinia, Carnegie Hall, Princeton, Kennedy Center, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Boston, and Cleveland. The Quartet recently toured in North America with pianists Marc-Andre Hamelin and Garrick Ohlsson, including concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center. The quartet is known for innovative programming. In 2007 it performed, with Academy Award–winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Everyman” in Carnegie Hall, inspired by the Philip Roth novel.

The members of the Takács Quartet are Christoffersen Faculty Fellows at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the Takács is a Visiting Quartet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In 2001 the Takács Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary, and in March of 2011 each member of the Quartet was awarded the Order of Merit Commander’s Cross by the President of the Republic of Hungary. The Takács String Quartet is made up of Edward Dusinberre, first violin; Károly Schranz, second violin; Geraldine Walther, viola; and András Fejér, cello.