[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 29 September 2017
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A new release from the Takács Quartet is guaranteed to be a highlight of the musical year, and this one easily exceeds all expectations. The 'American' quintet dates from Dvořák's sojourn in the New World, the quartet from his return to old-world Prague; both are marvellous works, sounding here every bit the masterpieces they undoubtedly are.
"If the marvelous sonic interplay of the Takacs-courtesy of Engineer Simon Eadon at Wyastone Estate, 18-21 May 2106-had not already mesmerized our sensibilities, the B Major Scherzo, Allegro vivo, from the first repeated note of the second viola, should enthrall any chamber music devotee. Dvorak may well have been thinking of the fierce Scherzo in Beethoven's F Major Rasumovksy Quartet, Op. 59, No. 1. The middle section-with its own subdued drumbeats-has a poignant announcement from the first viola, Geraldine Walther, in the minor mode. The da capo takes a departure into a distant A-flat Major, pianissimo, before it remembers the middle section transposed into a stunning major-mode declaration...a Bohemian fertility of sound that makes us relish the Takacs' fluid ensemble, which would seem to include how much each of the musicians remains fascinated by his colleagues" AudAud Best of the year 2017
String Quintet in E flat major Op 97 [32'56]
1Allegro non tanto [9'09]
2 Allegro vivo [5'43]
3 Larghetto [9'41]
4 Finale: Allegro giusto [8'23]
String Quartet in A flat major Op 105 [32'01]
5 Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro appassionato [7'37]
6 Molto vivace [6'02]
7 Lento e molto cantabile [8'12]
8 Finale: Allegro non tanto [10'10]