Takacs Quartet - Beethoven String Quartets
From Wigmore Hall in London, the Takacs Quartet performs Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat, Op 18 No 6; String Quartet in F, Op 135; String Quartet in C, Op 59 No 3 'Razumovsky'.
The Takács Quartet play three of Beethoven's string quartets, recorded at Wigmore Hall, London, on 15th May and introduced by Fiona Talkington.
Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major, Op.18 No.6
Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op.135
Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, Op.59 No.3 (Razumovsky)
Faced with damning criticism from the musicians charged with playing his Razumovsky Quartets, Beethoven coolly replied 'they are not for you, but for a later age'. The intervening years have done nothing to dim their free-wheeling invention and emotional impact.
The third of these quartets concludes tonight's recital by experienced Beethoven interpreters the Takács Quartet. In the first half, they perform quartets from both ends of Beethoven's composing career: his sixth, Op18 No.6, already displaying a mastery of the medium, and sixteenth, Op.135, the last major work he completed.