Arguably the greatest string quartet in the world.

The Guardian, London

Chamber Music & Orchestra
Takács Quartet

Sun, Jan 17, 3pm

String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421/417b
Ainsi la nuit
String Quartet No. 3
Sun, Jan 24, 3pm
String Quartet in G major, Op. 77, No. 1
String Quartet No. 3
String Quartet
After immersing Berkeley fans in single-composer cycles by Beethoven and Bartók in recent seasons, the Takács Quartet returns with two remarkably diverse programs—and welcomes its newest member, violist Richard O'Neill. Performances by this esteemed ensemble are routinely praised for going "straight to the music's expressive heart...The Takács Quartet makes the music dance, and that, in essence, is the secret of their success" (Classics Today).

Each concert this season highlights a Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century work, the first including Mozart's elegant Quartet No. 15, one of the six he dedicated to Haydn; Henri Dutilleux's Ainsi la nuit (Thus the Night), a refined and compelling work from 1976; and Brahms' ebullient Quartet No. 3.

The second concert features Britten's Third String Quartet, which the group has recorded to great acclaim; Debussy's sole quartet, which the Strad praised as "masterfully played and powerfully projected," with "an almost orchestral emotional resonance"; and Haydn's masterful Op. 77, No. 1, a work infused with the rhythmic vitality of traditional Hungarian folk music.


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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.