The redoubtable Takács Quartet (half Hungarian, half English) perform the second volume of Beethoven's quartets.
Repertoire: The Early String Quartets Op.18
Artists: Takács Quartet
Label: Decca 470 848-2
The Tákacs Quartet are in the process of recording the complete Beethoven quartets; this is the second volume. The Op.18 quartets were Beethoven’s first foray into the genre and are too often overshadowed by their later siblings. The Tákacs, however, take them on their own terms; what shines out through these vivid accounts is the youthful vigour, the startling inventiveness and exhilarating emotions.