The Takács Quartet, formed in 1975, is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more,” and the Financial Timesdescribed a recent concert at London’s Wigmore Hall: “Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.” Returning to Krannert Center for its 10th performance, the quartet will be joined by violist Erika Eckert—co-founder and former violist of the Cavani String Quartet—for Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111, a work which incorporates styles from the Viennese waltz to Hungarian Gypsy music and which the composer originally intended to be his last.
Beethoven: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3
Brahms: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111