Dvorak: String Quartet Op 106; Coleridge-taylor: Fantasiestucke

Takacs Quartet

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA68413

Release Date:  07 July 2023

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571284132

Genres:  Classical  Chamber Music  

  • Description

    Dvorák's mature string quartets are masterly, all brimming with life-enhancing music, and Op 106 is no exception.

    The Takács Quartet gives superlative accounts of both this and the apt coupling by a young Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.


    "Despite both being for string quartet, both from the same year and indeed sharing a great many stylistic features, the Coleridge-Taylor and Dvorák pieces here are still as different as chalk and cheese; youthful energy contrasting with mature retrospection, perhaps. But as a diptych they work perfectly, and the Takács Quartet are equally at home in both." – Presto Music

    "The Takács are impressive on this album: every microphrase, every note is considered. Their sound draws you in from the first moment [...]. To simultaneously hear the separate parts and the collective so beautifully is a treat indeed." – Gramophone

    "The selection closes with Dvorak's earlier Andante appassionato – a rejected slow movement from the Quartet in A Minor, Op. 12. It is a reflective close to this exuberant album, and aptly showcases the Takacs Quartet abiding technical assurance and emotional range." – BBC Music Magazine; Performance 4 STARS, Recording 4 STARS

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  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. 5 Fantasiestücke, Op 5 I. Prelude: Allegro ma non troppo
      • 2. II. Serenade: Andante molto
      • 3. III. Humoresque: Presto
      • 4. IV. Minuet and Trio: Allegro moderato
      • 5. V. Dance: Vivace
      • 6. String Quartet No 13 in G major, Op 106 I. Allegro moderato
      • 7. II. Adagio ma non troppo
      • 8. III. Molto vivace
      • 9. IV. Finale: Andante sostenuto - Allegro con fuoco
      • 10. Andante appassionato, B40a