We finished the New Millennium concert series at Sacramento State with a grand performance by the Takács String Quartet, a founding member of the Gramophone Hall of Fame. This is what quartet playing is supposed to sound like. They are from Hungary and have been playing together for over 40 years. Wow. For our concert they played:
- Mozart's String Quartet No 14, K.387 (1782) This is the first of the Haydn Quartets, in the standard 4 movements.
- Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 6, Op.80 (1847) This is the last piece completed by Mendelssohn before his death. I especially liked the first of four movements.
- Beethoven's String Quartet No.14 Op. 131 (1826) This piece listed 7 movements, but they all seemed to flow one into the other. An especially fast section seemed a Presto to me--section 5. I turned out to be correct. They are famous for their Beethoven.
This was a treat. They have recorded extensively for Decca.