The Takacs Quartet on Beethoven's Message to God
The Takacs Quartet.
In the spring of 1825, Beethoven got terribly sick. Came close to dying, in fact. After his recovery, he revised a string quartet he'd been working on. He added a long, reflective middle movement — a musical "thank you" to God for his life. The Takacs Quartet plays Beethoven's "Heiliger Dankgesang" in the NPR studios. It's the third movement from Beethoven's Quartet No. 15, Op. 132.