The Takács Quartet are one of the best in the world. They tick all the boxes:
- They’re a wonderful quartet, making difficult works seem light.
- You want to hear them on repeat
- They communicate with each other while playing
- You can see they’re enjoying themselves
- They talked and connected with the audience comfortably
When I was introduced to live chamber music, I was also introduced to a very simple rating system (connecting well with my research side). It’s the reverse to a star rating and relates to how many problems you solved while listening to a concert. Generally you go to a concert after a day at work and your brain is filled with work problems, they need time and space to sift through and work out. If you solve many problems while sitting in the concert hall, then you weren’t really transported away from your everyday and you weren’t captured by the music.
The few problems you solve, the better the concert. Happily, problem solving was non-existent while listening to the Takács Quartet.
The Orava String Quartet (pictured after playing at Theme & Variations in June) are heading to the US in August to be mentored by the Takács Quartet. They’re already a wonderful quartet, full of energy. I’m looking forward to hearing them after spending 2 years with such amazing mentors.