The Takacs String Quartet has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence in performance. Today I have for you the details of a new recording from this group.
Cesar Franck: Piano Quintet and Debussy: String Quartet
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 14, with Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Cesar Franck’s Piano Quintet and Debussy’s String Quartet make an unusual coupling, because each work is the composer’s only contribution to the genre.
Gramophone Magazine wrote earlier this month:
“When the seasoned artistry of the Takács Quartet blends with the thoughtful brilliance of Marc-André Hamelin, a rare alchemy occurs…To Debussy’s luminous and under-appreciated String Quartet of 1893 the Takács bring all their intelligence, skill, taste and virtuosity.”
Here are the members of the Danish Quartet in the second movement from Debussy’s Quartet in G- Minor: