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The Takács String Quartet Plays The Complete Beethoven Cycle

Jul 06, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
The Takács String Quartet Plays The Complete Beethoven Cycle,

When the world renowned Takács Quartet completed their recording project of all sixteen Beethoven string quartets in 2006, Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote, “this survey stands as the most richly expressive modern account of this titanic cycle.” And indeed, their interpretations have stood as the gold standard for Beethoven, from the whimsical and strident early Op. 18 quartets to the cryptic and the monumental “Grosse Fugue.” This concert season, the Takács have chosen Princeton as one of three venues in the United States where they will perform the entire cycle, across six concerts in our Richardson Auditorium, for the last time together.

In a brief thirty-year career, Ludwig van Beethoven journeyed further – expressively, conceptually, and psychologically – than any other composer before or since. His artistic odyssey is considered one of the supreme accomplishments in human history, compared to the building of cathedrals or the rise of democracy. The concept of absolute music – music for its own sake, not “about” anything, or in service of the church – crystallized in his wake. And while his nine symphonies arguably contained many of the grandest and most boundary-breaking moments in his catalogue, the sixteen quartets are where he explored within and made his most personal statements. Collectively, the cycle reads like a blueprint for his artistic development.

Over six performances with the Takács Quartet, you will be treated to the ultimate thrill of seeing this blueprint unfold before your eyes, even more relevant in 2016 than on the day of Beethoven’s death in 1827.

In addition to the concerts, we are offering many related events that will help deepen your engagement with these extraordinary works.  These events include:

-Mindfulness & Music, Live Music Meditation, November 16 at 12:30pm in Richardson Auditorium  READ MORE>

-Exploring the Beethoven String Quartets, a class offered through the Princeton Adult School  READ MORE>

-Late Night Chamber Jam, amatuer string players sight read with the Takács Quartet READ MORE>

-Open Reharsal, time and date tbd.  Stay tuned for more details.

The 6 concerts can be bought as a series.  Buy all 6 and save 20%.  You can also add one or more of these concerts to a Make Your Own Series of three or more events and save 10%.  Or, if you want the very best deal,  add these 6 concerts to a Concert Classics Series (8 concerts) and save over 30%.  Click here to view ticket prices.  To subscribe, call 609-258-2800 during business hours - Monday - Friday, 10AM-4PM.


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