Takács Quartet present goes on, with revised program

Reside performances Jan. 9 and 10 in Grusin Corridor additionally out there on-line

By Peter Alexander Jan. 6 at 11:25 a.m.

Thus far this yr, COVID has not stopped the music. The Takács Quartet will start their spring 2022 sequence of concert events on the CU campus as deliberate, with performances Sunday and Monday (Jan. 9 and 10) in Grusin Corridor.

Takács quartet. Picture by Amanda Tipton Images.

They won’t, nonetheless, play this system that was initially introduced. Pianist David Korevaar was scheduled to carry out the Schumann Quintet in E-flat main, op. 44, however he’s unavailable attributable to potential publicity to COVID. Korevaar experiences that he feels tremendous, and he’ll carry out the Schumann Quintet with the Takács Quartet later within the semester.

To fill his place on the January program, the quartet turned to members Harumi Rhodes and Richard O’Neill, violin and viola, who will play the Mozart Duo in G main, K423. The complete ensemble will end out the live performance with the brand new String Quartet No. 1 by Stephen Hough, subtitled “Les Six rencontres” (The six encountered), and the String Quartet in F main by Maurice Ravel.

Each the Sunday and Monday performances might be open to an in-person viewers, and also will be out there for streaming from 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon till 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17. In-person and on-line tickets will be bought from CU Presents

At the moment, face masks are required in all buildings on the CU campus.

Stephen Hough

Broadly celebrated as a pianist, Hough can also be energetic as a composer of works for quite a lot of media together with chamber music, piano solo and choral works, amongst others. The Takács Quartet requested him to put in writing a chunk for string quartet to fill out a recording of Ravel’s String Quartet and Ainsi le Nuit (Thus the evening) for string quartet by Henri Dutilleux, which the Takács performed in Grusin final fall.

The title of Hough’s quartet—“Les Six rencontres”—refers to a bunch of composers often called “Les Six” (The six) who had been a outstanding a part of French musical life between Ravel within the early years of the 20th century, and Dutilleux within the second half of the century. The six composers—Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Germaine Tailleferre—aren’t quoted instantly within the rating however happen “as an echo,” Hough wrote.

The title can also be a pun, because the quartet is in six actions. Hough wrote in his program notes that the work “evokes a taste greater than a method. . . . seeing life by way of a burlesque lens is one recurring ingredient.” The titles of the six actions evoke locations in Paris the place one may need encountered the composers of “Les Six”—the boulevard, the park, the theater and so forth.

Ravel composed his one string quartet in 1902–03, when he was 28. Largely classical in kind, it was impressed by, and in some methods modeled on, the String Quartet of Debussy that had been written a decade earlier than. It stays one in every of Ravel’s hottest works.

Mozart wrote two duos for violin and viola in 1783 throughout a go to along with his household in Salzburg. They had been written as a favor for Michael Haydn, the brother of Joseph Haydn, who was courtroom composer to the Archbishop of Salzburg and a buddy of the Mozart household. Haydn was supposed to put in writing six duos for the Archbishop however had fallen ailing, and Mozart agreed to complete the set for him. 

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Takács Quartet
Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola; András Fejér, cello

  • Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola, K423
    Harumi Rhodes and Richard O’Neill
  • Hough: String Quartet No. 1, “Les Six rencontres” (The six encountered)
  • Ravel: String Quartet in F Main

In-person performances:
4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9
7:30 p.m. Monday. Jan. 10
Grusin Corridor, CU Imig Music Constructing

Streamed efficiency: 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, by way of 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17

Tickets for all performances out there HERE.

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