The recording marks the debut on the label by the Takács Quartet. After seventeen years recording for Decca, including multi-awarding-winning cycles of quartets by Beethoven and Bartók, this thrilling ensemble is now embarking on a new relationship with Hyperion; future projects will include works by Brahms, Janácek and Schumann.
Schubert’s famous String Quartet, D810, subtitled ‘Death and the Maiden’, is one of the pillars of the repertoire. This new performance is electrifying, and was recorded following a global concert series, enthusiastically welcomed in the press: ‘The Takács’ reading of the second movement was characterized by unremitting pain and mystery. While three of the musicians intoned the insistent theme of Death in pursuit of the Maiden, Edward Dusinberre’s violin expressed poignantly the Maiden’s tender fragility and rising panic. The final movement, in the form of a somewhat crazed tarantella, was taken at breakneck speed, as if the four musicians were driving wild horses—though they never lost control of the reins. Risk-taking, a Takács trademark, certainly didn’t fail here.’
We have every confidence that this recording, and the Hyperion / Takács collaboration in general, will prove to be one of the brightest jewels in the Hyperion catalogue.
'This superb CD is [The Takács Quartet's] first for Hyperion: immaculate playing and sublime beauty' (The Independent)
'This is intense music-making of very high quality indeed' (International Record Review)
'Schubert's two most accessible quartets receive interpretations on this disc which are as near ideal as one is ever likely to hear' (BBC Music Magazine)
'The sharpness and subtlety of this Death and the Maiden takes it to the top of available versions. With this superb disc the collaboration couldn't have got off to a better start' (The Times)
M. Stäbler in FonoForum 03 / 07: "Bei aller Straffheit ihrer
Darstellung verlieren die vier Streicher die
melancholischwehmütigen Seiten der Musik gleichwohl
keinesfalls aus den Augen und Ohren, wie sich auch im
dunkel getönten "Rosamunde"- Quartett zeigt: Der
typische, warme und leuchtkräftige Klang des Ensembles
ist durch den Personalwechsel nicht tangiert - und
beschert dem Hörer eine Schubert- Einspielung auf gewohnt
exzellentem Takács- Niveau."