Takács Wigmore Hall Performance

The Sunday Times
May 18, 2014

Shostakovich's weighty, mournful String Quartet No. 2 in A "a sort of Jewish lament" formed an understated symmetry with Beethoven's Op. 132 in A minor, with its thanksgiving song and use, like Shostakovich's second movement, of violin recitatives; while in-between came the ear-cleansing distillation of Beethovenian classicism that is Webern's Five Movements, Op. 5. I've never been more impressed and moved by the Takacs than in its endlessly thoughtful reading of the Beethoven, the individual lines seeming maximally liberated yet impeccable cohesive.

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