COVID-19 Update Find out more

Author: Sabine Kortals

DAILY CAMERA: Takács Quartet founder returns to Boulder after 20 years

Gabor Takács-Nagy (an original member of the Takacs Quartet) expects his return to Boulder to be a cathartic experience.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s return is by popular demand. The fact that its conductor for the current tour has such a legacy in Boulder is an almost unbelievable bonus.

…Gabor Takács-Nagy (an original member of the Takács Quartet) expects his return to Boulder to be a cathartic experience. He does admit to nervousness, although he expressed great excitement that his former colleagues would be in the hall.

…”We are playing Haydn’s F-minor symphony (No. 49), which was written on Hungarian soil,” Takács-Nagy said. “It’s full of contrasting elements, passion and drama.”

The other orchestral work is from Hungary’s greatest composer, Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra.

“Bartók’s music is always full of unexpected surprises,” Takács-Nagy said, noting that during his time with the quartet, Haydn and Bartók were on almost every concert program.

Another Hungarian, cellist István Várdai, joins the ICO for two concertos, one of which is also by Haydn, his first in C major. Várdai also plays a concerto in A major by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach (son of Johann Sebastian and a bridge composer between the baroque and classical eras).

“He is a fantastic young cellist,” Takács-Nagy said, “and these two classical-style works suit him perfectly. The whole program is dynamic, with powerful contrasts.”

As for the continued success of the quartet he founded, Takács-Nagy couldn’t be more thrilled.

Continue reading this concert preview by Kelly Dean Hansen in the Daily Camera. 

Upcoming Events View all events

Takács Quartet [canceled]

Loading
May 3-4, 2020

Takács Quartet [canceled]

Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms

Unfortunately, we are canceling this performance due to the CU Boulder campus response related to COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience. We app...

Takács Quartet

Loading
Sep 20-21, 2020

Takács Quartet

September 2020
Season tickets start at $205

Joined by violist Richard O’Neill in his first season with the ensemble, the Grammy-winning Takács Quartet has moved audiences and sold o...

Jupiter String Quartet

Loading
Oct 4-5, 2020

Jupiter String Quartet

Mendelssohn, Wiancko, Schubert
Season tickets start at $205

Known for its "technical finesse and rare expressive maturity" (The New Yorker), the Jupiter String Quartet brings a special program to Grusin Music H...

Latest News View all news items

Mar 18, 2020

CU Presents 2020-21 season announcement:…

This week CU Presents announced a portion of its 2020-21 season. The…

Oct 9, 2019

Takács Quartet announces appointment of…

As the Takács Quartet enters its 45th year, the internationally acclaimed string…

Aug 19, 2019

ON SALE NOW: CU Presents…

    Single tickets for the CU Presents 2019-20 season are on…