Takacs Quartet returns to Lied

The Takács Quartet will perform an all-Beethoven concert at 2 p.m. today at the Lied Center.

The show is part of the venue's Swarthout Chamber Music Series. The ensemble last performed at the Lied Center in February 2001.

Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejer formed the Takács Quartet in 1975, when all four were students at Budapest's Liszt Academy. The quartet first received international attention in 1977, winning First Prize and the Critics' Prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. The quartet made its North American debut tour in 1982 and has appeared regularly in major music capitals and prestigious festivals.

The Lied Center's all-Beethoven program will include String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 1; String Quartet Op. 74, "Harp;" and String Quartet, Op. 130 with Finale -- representing the early, middle and later periods of the composer's life.

Current quartet members are Edward Dusinberre, violin; Károly Schranz, violin; Roger Tapping, viola; and András Fejer, cello.

The quartet signed an exclusive recording contract with Decca/London in 1988, and has since recorded works by Haydn, Mozart, Brahms, Bartók, Schubert, Dvorak, Borodin, Smetana and Chausson. The first volume of the Takács Quartet's Beethoven Cycle (middle quartets) was released in May 2002, received the Gramophone 2002 Chamber Music Recording of the Year Award and Grammy Award nominations for Best Classical Album and Best Chamber Music Performance. Volume two (early quartets) of the Beethoven cycle will be released in fall 2003, and the final volume of the late quartets is scheduled to appear in early 2005.

Kansas University assistant professor of music and dance Roberta Schwartz will give a pre-performance lecture from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. today in Oldfather Dance Studio. A member of the quartet will be her guest.

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