Recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, Budapest's Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. Gramophone magazine notes, "The Takács have the ability to make you believe that there's no other possible way the music should go, and the strength to overturn preconceptions that comes only with the greatest performers." For their Fortas debut, they bring a program of quartets by Schubert and Bartók, plus Beethoven's staggering Opus 131.
Originally formed in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, the quartet first received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics' Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The Quartet also won the Gold Medal at the 1978 Portsmouth and Bordeaux Competitions and First Prizes at the Budapest International String Quartet Competition in 1978 and the Bratislava Competition in 1981.
Program and Notes
- Béla Bartók
- String Quartet No. 4 in C major, Sz. 91
- Ludwig van Beethoven
- String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
- The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna An Interactive Exploration of the History & Culture of Central Europe
- About Fortas Chamber Music Concerts at the Kennedy Center
The Fortas Chamber Music Concerts are supported by generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.
The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna
Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Additional support is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein, Noémi and Michael Neidorff and the Centene Charitable Foundation, The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker, and State Plaza Hotel.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
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