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String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”
String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
We are absolutely thrilled and honored to be hosting the Takács Quartet for six concerts this season as they perform the Beethoven string quartet cycle in its entirety. Hailed as “chamber music playing of overwhelming intensity ... simply the best I’ve seen in concert” (The Guardian, London), their 2006 box set of the sixteen quartets has become the high-water mark for these masterworks. We have included two of their programs in our Concert Classics Series, of which this special evening is the first. The program proceeds chronologically, beginning with Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 18, No. 1, influenced by Haydn and deeply rooted in the 18th-century quartet tradition. His Quartet Op. 74 follows, nicknamed “Harp” for the arpeggiating pizzicato figure in the first movement. After intermission, we are treated to the tremendous, seven-movement Op. 131. Upon hearing a performance of the quartet for the first time, Schubert remarked, “After this, what is left for us to write?”
The special nature of these concerts has inspired us to offer a number of activities that will allow you to deepen your engagement with these incredible works. Here are two you should know about being offered in this week of concerts:
1. Princeton Adult School Class: "Exploring the Beethoven String Quartets" will be taught by Scott Burnham and Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takács String Quartet. This is a 3-part class, taking place on November 16; January 17 and March 14. Classes can be bought as a series, or individually. For more information, visit the Princeton Adult School website.
2. Mindfulness & Music: Join us on November 16 at 12:30pm for a Live Music Meditation with Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life, and the Takács String Quartet. Come for a half-hour guided meditation, followed by group conversation with the musicians about the experience of listening to music mindfully. No prior experience necessary. READ MORE HERE>
For a complete schedule of the the Beethoven Cycle concerts and activities, click here.
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The Takács might play Beethoven better than any other quartet in the past or the present.”
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