Takács String Quartet

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Active: 1975 - ; Budapest, Hungary
The playing of the Takács Quartet tends to inspire superlatives: "The Takács Quartet is universally recognized as one of the world's finest string quartets," "The Takács might play this repertoire [the Beethoven quartets] better than any quartet of the past or present," "They are currently the greatest string quartet in the world." The group was formed in 1975, when its members were students at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. It quickly rose Read more to prominence, winning First Prize and the Critics' Prize at the 1977 International String Quartet Competition, and the Gold Medal at the Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions in 1978. Its international performances have continued to bring accolades and recordings have been recognized with numerous awards.

The original quartet consisted of violinists Gabor Takács-Nagy and Károly Schranz, violist Gabor Ormai, and cellist András Fejér. There have been several changes in personnel, but Schranz and Fejér remain members. British violinist Edward Dusinberre replaced Takács-Nagy when he retired from the group in 1992. Ormai died in 1993 and was replaced by British violist Roger Tapping. In 2005, Tapping retired and American violist Geraldine Walther took his place.

The Takács Quartet has ventured into contemporary repertoire, playing works by composers such as Henri Dutilleux, Bright Sheng, James MacMillan, and Wolfgang Rihm, but for the most part has concentrated on the core quartet literature -- Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorák, and Bartók. Its recording of the complete Bartók quartets earned the group a Gramophone Award in 1998. The most ambitious recording project has been the complete quartets of Beethoven, which were released on Decca between 2002 and 2004. It received a Grammy and two Gramophone Awards for a recording of the "Rasumovsky" and "Harp" quartets in 2002, and in 2006, a collection of the late quartets received the BBC Music Magazine's Disc of the Year and the Classical Brits Award for Ensemble Album of the Year.

Highlights of the group's performances include series of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Bartók, Brahms, and Schubert in numerous European, American, and Asian cities. The quartet has expanded the conventions of the standard chamber music concert by performing with Robert Pinsky in programs combining poetry and music, and with Muzsikas, the Hungarian folk ensemble, in programs demonstrating the roots of Bartók's and Kodály's quartets in Hungarian folk traditions.

In 1983, the founding members of the quartet accepted the position of Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Rather than designating them as defectors, the Hungarian authorities grudgingly decided it would be more diplomatic to consider them "cultural ambassadors." A full reconciliation with the Hungarian government came in 2001, when the quartet was given the Order of Merit of the Knight's Cross of the Republic of Hungary. The group has retained its position at the university through its changes in personnel and considers Colorado its home base. It also serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the Aspen Music Festival and as Associate Artists of London's South Bank Center. Read less

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Active: 1975 - ; Budapest, Hungary
The playing of the Takács Quartet tends to inspire superlatives: "The Takács Quartet is universally recognized as one of the world's finest string quartets," "The Takács might play this repertoire [the Beethoven quartets] better than any quartet of the past or present," "They are currently the greatest string quartet in the world." The group was formed in 1975, when its members were students at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. It quickly rose Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Dohnanyi: Quintet in C minor for piano, 2 violins, viola & cello, Op.1 - 1. Allegro
Dohnanyi: Quintet in C minor for piano, 2 violins, viola & cello, Op.1 - 2. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Dohnanyi: Quintet in C minor for piano, 2 violins, viola & cello, Op.1 - 3. Adagio, quasi andante
Dohnanyi: Quintet in C minor for piano, 2 violins, viola & cello, Op.1 - 4. Finale: Allegro animato
Dohnanyi: Sextet for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet & horn, Op.37 - 1. Allegro appassionato
Dohnanyi: Sextet for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet & horn, Op.37 - 2. Intermezzo: Adagio
Dohnanyi: Sextet for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet & horn, Op.37 - 3. Allegro con sentimento
Dohnanyi: Sextet for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet & horn, Op.37 - 4. Finale: Allegro vivace, giocoso
Mozart: String Quintet No.2, K.515 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: String Quintet No.2 in C, K.515 - 2. Andante
Mozart: String Quintet No.2 in C, K.515 - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Mozart: String Quintet No.2 in C, K.515 - 4. (Allegro)
Mozart: String Quintet No.3 in G minor, K.516 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: String Quintet No.3 in G minor, K.516 - 2. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Mozart: String Quintet No.3 in G minor, K.516 - 3. Adagio ma non troppo
Mozart: String Quintet No.3 in G minor, K.516 - 4. Adagio - Allegro
Chausson: Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Op.21 - 1. Décidé; Calme; Animé
Chausson: Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Op.21 - 2. Sicilienne
Chausson: Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Op.21 - 3. Grave
Chausson: Concert for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Op.21 - 4. Finale
1. Maestoso - Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile
3. Scherzando vivace
4. Finale
1. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto vivace
3. Allegro moderato
4. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Piů mosso - Andante moderato e lusinghiero - Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio, ma non troppo e semplice - Allegretto
5. Presto
6. Adagio quasi un poco andante
7. Allegro
1. Assai sostenuto - Allegro
2. Allegro ma non tanto
3. Heiliger Dankgesang e.Genesenden an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart.Molto adagio -. Andante - Molto adagio - Andante - Molto adagio.
4. Alla marcia, assai vivace - Piů allegro - Presto
5. Allegro appassionato
1. Allegretto
2. Vivace
3. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
4. Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß (Grave - Allegro - Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Allegretto ma non troppo
3. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso
4. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato
1. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro
2. Presto
3. Andante con moto ma non troppo. Poco scherzando
4. Alla danza tedesca (Allegro assai)
5. Cavatina ( Adagio molto espressivo)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
4. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Adagio cantabile - Allegro - Tempo I
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Allegro molto, quasi presto
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Allegro
4. Presto
1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. Andante scherzoso, quasi allegretto
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Menuetto
3. Andante cantabile
4. Allegro
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. La Malinconia (Adagio - Allegretto quasi allegro - Adagio - Allegretto - Poco adagio - Prestissimo)
1. Allegro
2. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
3. Adagio molto e mesto
4. Thčme russe (Allegro)
1. Poco adagio - Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Presto - Piů presto quasi prestissimo
4. Allegretto con variazioni
1. Allegro
2. Molto adagio
3. Allegretto
4. Finale (Presto)
1. Introduzione (Andante con moto) - Allegro vivace
2. Andante con moto quasi allegretto
3. Menuetto (Grazioso)
4. Allegro molto
1. Allegro, ma non tanto
2. Dumka (Andante con moto)
3. Scherzo (Furiant) (Molto vivace)
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Dumka. Andante con moto
3. Romanze. Andante con moto
4. Finale. Allegro assai
1. Lento
2. Allegretto
3. Introduzione. Allegro - Allegro vivace
1. Prima parte (Moderato)
2. Seconda parte (Allegro)
3. Ricapitolazione della prima parte (Moderato)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio molto
3. Scherzo
4. Andante
5. Finale
1. Moderato
2. Allegro molto capriccioso
3. Lento
1. Allegro
2. Prestissimo, con sordino
3. Non troppo lento
4. Allegretto pizzicato
5. Allegro molto
1. Mesto - Vivace
2. Mesto - Marcia
3. Mesto - Burletta (Moderato)
4. Mesto


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