Between excursions, Takács Quartet performs hometown live shows March 6–7 and April 10–11

Applications embody Haydn, Shostakovich, Dvořák, Schumann, Mendelssohn

By Peter Alexander March 4 at 1:25 p.m.

COVID-19 is, momentarily, receding, and the Takács Quartet is again to a full performing schedule.

They needed to cancel a number of live performance excursions over the previous two years, however not in 2022. “We simply got here residence from Princeton, Berkeley and Los Angeles,” the group’s cellist, András Fejér, explains. “And now we’ll go to New York, Sarasota, Los Angeles and San Francisco.”

Round and between these journeys, they’ve their traditional live shows on the CU campus: music by Haydn, Shostakovich and Dvořák March 6 and seven; and music by Schumann carried out with pianist David Korevaar, and Mendelssohn with the CU graduate quartet in residence, the Ivalas Quartet, April 10 and 11 (see efficiency particulars under).

Takács Quartet. L-R: Edward Dusinberre, András Fejér, Harumi Rhodes, Richard O’Neill. Picture by
Amanda Tipton Pictures

Aside from the interruption attributable to the pandemic, touring is a standard a part of life for the Takács Quartet. “It’s a pleasant chugging-along routine,” Fejér says. “We simply say we’d like to tour, say, 10 days every month within the States, and that provides us sufficient time to rehearse and train and relaxation a bit.” Additionally they make longer excursions yearly to Europe and Asia, all organized via their brokers.

Joseph Haydn. Portray by Thomas Hardy.

Just like the Takács now, Haydn had simply returned from touring in 1796, in his case residence to Vienna from two journeys to London. Upon his return, an aristocratic patron commissioned a set of six quartets, revealed just a few years later as Op. 76. These works are thought-about the top of Haydn’s quartet composition.

The Fourth Quartet of the set, often called the “Dawn Quartet,” opens the Takacs’s March live shows—however Fejér needs you to know that Haydn will not be “only a warmup piece” for the remainder of this system. “I imply, the man invented the (string quartet)!” he says. “We’re simply in awe—(enjoying his music) is a continuing wonderment. Even acquainted items, we attempt to dig deeper. We at all times attempt to give his music justice.”

Likewise, Dvořák wrote his G main String Quartet, the ultimate piece on this system, quickly after returning residence from his years in America. It’s thought-about one of many composer’s most profoundly expressive quartets, significantly the meditative sluggish motion.

The quartet has loved exploring Dvořák ‘s rating. “It’s fascinating for us,” Fejér says. “Its scope is unprecedented, in size and orchestration. More often than not it sounds completely symphonic. He goes left and proper and returns—simply completely unpredictable and pleasant. We find it irresistible.”

Dmitri Shostakovich

Between Haydn and Dvořák, the Takács will play Shostakovich’s Eleventh Quartet. Written in reminiscence of a violinist with the Beethoven Quartet, which was lengthy related to Shostakovich’s music, the Eleventh Quartet is an austere work that makes use of the devices sparingly. It’s seven actions are something however cheerful, however as Fejér says, with Shostakovich “cheerful will not be the primary description which might come to thoughts.

“I’m at all times amazed concerning the simplicity of his motifs. How such easy notes can work in mysterious methods on the viewers is unbelievable. You can’t put collectively a extra easy music and someway the impact on audiences is mesmerizing. I discover it each time.”

For the April live shows the quartet has programmed two items, every of which incorporates invited friends. First they are going to be joined by pianist David Korevaar to carry out Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet. Written in 1842 and devoted by the composer to his spouse, Clara, it’s the first main quintet written for piano and string quartet.

Schumann alternates between intimate passages that function conversational exchanges among the many 5 devices, and almost symphonic passages that function the 4 strings collectively towards the piano. At a time when chamber performances have been first shifting into the live performance corridor, Schumann helped create the mannequin for the quintets that adopted by Brahms, Dvořák and Franck, all destined for the live performance corridor.

The April program concludes with one other piece that had no precedent, the Octet for Strings, which the Takács will play with the members of the Ivalas Quartet. Just like the Schumann Quintet, the mix of devices was unprecedented when Mendelssohn wrote the Octet on the age of 17, and it’s some of the magical items to come back out of the Romantic period. “It’s such an adrenalin rush (to play it),” Fejér says.

Ivalas Quartet. L-R Aimée MsAnulty, Tiani Butts, Reuden Kebede, Pedro Sánchez.

“It’s great and makes you humble another time. Evaluating what most of us had been doing at 17, it’s much more spectacular.”

Fejér offers two causes that he’s wanting ahead to enjoying the Octet. First, he says, “we love enjoying with extra folks as a result of the operate of our particular person devices is completely different from a string quartet. I’m not enjoying as a lot bass line as I often do, (and) I benefit from the completely different position very a lot.”

The second purpose is the chance to share the stage with the their college students within the Ivalas Quartet. “It’s their closing month in April at CU of their three years, and we liked working with them,” Fejér says.

“We glance ahead very a lot to have enjoyable with capital letters with this Mendelssohn Octet!”

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Takács Quartet

  • Haydn: String Quartet in B-flat Main. op.76 no. 4 (“Dawn”)
  • Shostakovich: String Quartet Nr.11, op.122
  • Dvořák: String Quartet No. 13 in G-major, op.106

4 p.m. Sunday, March 6
7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7
Grusin Music Corridor


Takács Quartet and friends

  • Schumann: Quintet for piano and strings in E-flat main, op. 44
    With David Korevaar, piano
  • Mendelssohn Octet for Strings in E-flat main, op. 2
    With the Ivalas Quartet

4 p.m. Sunday, April 10
7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11
Grusin Music Corridor


NOTE: Digital tickets can be found for each applications

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