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The Takács Quartet
The Takacs Quartet The renowned Takács (TAH-kahtch) Quartet demonstrates where magic can happen in string quartets as they play with a singularity of vision, purpose and clarity. The recent Grammy winners are in Studio 4A for a private recital of music by Haydn and Mendelssohn.

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        The Takács Quartet
        Edward Dusinberre, violin
        Károly Schranz, violin
        Roger Tapping, viola
        András Fejér, cello

The Takacs Quartet in Studio 4A
The Takács Quartet in Studio 4A
Credit: Nerissa Paglinauan, NPR Online
HAYDN: Quartet in C Major, Op. 54, No. 2

Mvt. 1 - Vivace

Mvt. 2 - Adagio

Mvt. 3 - Menuetto: allegretto

Mvt. 4 - Finale: Adagio - Presto - Adagio

A magical moment
The Takács Quartet revisits a magical moment in the Haydn quartet.

The Takacs Quartet in Studio 4A
MENDELSSOHN: Quartet No. 2 in a minor, Op. 13

On the Mendelssohn quartet
Fred Child and Roger Tapping introduce the work.

Mvt. 2 - Adagio non lento

Mvt. 3 - Intermezzo. Allegreto con moto - Allegro di molto - Tempo I

Cellist/founding member András Fejér and violist Roger Tapping
Credit: Nerissa Paglinauan, NPR Online

After having been nominated for numerous Grammy awards in the past, the Takács Quartet finally came away with the top prize in the category for Best Chamber Music Album 2002 with their recording of the "Razumovsky" and "Harp" Quartets by Beethoven. In an interview with PT Host Fred Child, Takács violist Roger Tapping exclaims, "It's a lovely start for the series of the whole [Beethoven] Cycle we're doing... If nobody liked this one, we'd have been a bit depressed by now!"

Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Takács Quartet was founded in 1975 by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér while all four were students at Budapest's Liszt Academy. Since then, the ensemble has been hailed as one of the greatest string quartets in the world for their blend of rich tone, subtlety, and power, and for their wide-ranging repertoire. Highlights of their 2002-2003 season include the world-premiere of a new work by Malaysian composer Tan Su Lian, lecture recitals on Bartók, collaborations with the Hungarian folk ensemble Muzsikás, and the beginning of the complete Beethoven Cycle in Cleveland.

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