Okay, so I admit it: I do not buy chamber music cd's (especially quartets). Yes, I know it may sound wrong, but it's true. So please don't flame me about this thread... =)
Anyway, I had the privilege of playing a masterclass (with my quartet) for the Takacs Quartet. (actually Karoly Schranz was the one who listened to us) And I must say, I had fun.
I had a little trouble understanding what he was trying to say (because of his thick accent), but he was really warm and very funny. Great charismatic man. Infact, all of the members of this quartet were very pleasant to talk to/play for.
So we played the last mvmt of Brahms Quartet No.1, and got a LOT of work done on it...and Karoly actually took the second violinist's violin and started playing for him one of the passages. pretty fun.
I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about this quartet. I know the music department chair at my high school was telling me about how they're considered one of the best in the biz, but I was wondering if anyone had any personal insights on this quartet?
Oh, and they also played for us the 3rd mvmt of Bartok's 6th quartet. Pretty amazing stuff.
(I do know that they teach @ U of Colorado Boulder)
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