Takacs Quartet - Haydn, Shostakovich
The Takacs Quartet perform live at Wigmore Hall in London. Haydn: String Quartets: in C, Op 74 No 1; in G minor, Op 74 No 3 (Rider). Shostakovich: String Quartet No 3 in F, Op 73.
Live from Wigmore Hall, London
The Takács Quartet play Haydn and Shostakovich
Haydn: String Quartet in C major Op. 74 No. 1
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F major Op. 73
Haydn: String Quartet in G minor Op. 74 No. 3 'Rider'
Haydn's Op. 74 quartets, written for the 1793 London concert season, are shot through with appealing melodies and intricate thematic developments, while Shostakovich's Third String Quartet offers a searing lament for the victims of tyranny. Composed in 1946, its five moments allude to wartime experience, moving from "Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm" to "The eternal question: Why? And for what?".