Looking forward, looking back
If we weren’t already excited about the Takacs Quartet’s Bartok Cycle during the Musica Viva Festival in April in Sydney, we certainly would be after reading Andrew Clements’s review of their recent London concert in the Guardian.
“The formidable technical demands [of Bartok’s String 3rd String Quartet] were met effortlessly, and the performance conceived in a seamless arc; yet the Takács still conveyed the music’s strangeness, with every tingling detail fitting precisely and the last section a haunting essay in desolation.”
Bartok’s Quartet’s have been a staple of the Takacs Quartet’s repertoire for decades, and their Hungarian heritage and intimate connection with music of that part of the world makes them particularly well placed to perform that composer’s music.
Looking back to the 2010 Huntington Estate Music Festival, on the other hand, the audience was delighted to have the chance to see young virtuoso violinist Ray Chen up close. There couldn’t have been a better time, it seems, as Ray’s star is only going upwards. Having just released his first CD on the Sony Classical label, he’s appeared on the cover of The Strad, been interviewed in Limelight magazine, and been named CD of the week in the Chicago Tribune, just to name a few of his recent achievements.
Musica Viva is so privileged to be associated with such outstanding artists and looks forward to big things ahead!