Takacs Quartet Performs at Rice University's Stude Hall Tonight
A world-class ensemble of Hungarian origin, the GRAMMY Award-winning Takács Quartet will perform in Houston for one night only, tonight, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. in Stude Hall at Rice University, presented by Society for the Performing Arts.
The program for the evening will include W.A. Mozart's String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat Major, K. 458; Leoš Jána?ek's String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"; and Antonin Dvo?ák's String Quintet Op. 77 in G Major. Joining the Quartet on stage for the last piece will be double bassist Timothy Pitts, Rice University professor and former principal bass for the Houston Symphony.
Recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. Formed in Budapest in 1975 and now residents of the United States, the Takács is celebrated for insightful and exciting programming and lush, passionate interpretations.
In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker. The ensemble won the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.
The Quartet's award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven Cycle on the Decca label. Their recordings of the early and middle Beethoven quartets collected a Grammy, a Gramophone Award, a Chamber Music of America Award and two awards from the Japanese Recording Academy. A disc featuring Brahms' Piano Quintet with Stephen Hough was released to great acclaim in November 2007 and was subsequently nominated for a Grammy.
The Quartet has also made 16 recordings for the Decca label since 1988 of works by Beethoven, Bartók, Borodin, Brahms, Chausson, Dvo?ák, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Smetana. The ensemble's recording of the six Bartók String Quartets received the 1998Gramophone Award for chamber music and, in 1999, was nominated for a Grammy.