Arguably the greatest string quartet in the world.

The Guardian, London

Orchestra & Chamber Music
Takács Quartet
The Complete String Quartets of Béla Bartók

Sat, Dec 7, 8pm
String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet No. 3
String Quartet No. 5

Sun, Dec 8, 3pm
String Quartet No. 2
String Quartet No. 4
String Quartet No. 6

The peerless Takács Quartet—for decades a Cal Performances audience favorite—returns to perform the complete Bartók string quartet cycle over two concerts. These six masterful works span much of the composer's life—Bartók composed the first when he was 27, and the last when he was 58—and similarly, the Takács has continued to evolve and mature as an ensemble since first recording the cycle nearly 35 years ago. The quartet's performances are praised for sophistication matched with vibrant intensity, and clarity shot through with unparalleled expressive richness. "It's Bartók's brilliance, but the Takács players executed it with a perfect mixture of fever and chill" (The New York Times).

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Pre-performance Talk
Sun, Dec 8, 2019, 2pm
Hertz Hall
Cal Performances executive and artistic director Jeremy Geffen leads a conversation about the program with members of the Takács Quartet. Free to ticket holders.

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