San Diego Union-Tribune
December 10, 2016
Takács Quartet underplays early Beethoven, but hits the right notes in late quartet
“Beethoven’s birthday is Dec. 16, but he had an early celebration Friday evening at Sherwood Auditorium. There the Takács Quartet presented an all-Beethoven program as the opening concert of the La Jolla Music Society’s Revelle Chamber Music Series.
Beethoven wrote 16 string quartets, every one is a masterpiece. The Takács Quartet chose one piece from each of the three periods usually assigned to his output.
Beethoven’s “String Quartet in A Major, Opus 18, No. 5” is from his early period, emulating the Viennese Classical style of Haydn and Mozart. Many string quartets treat the first movement as a rollicking yet lilting dance, but the Takács Quartet was more understated. Every note was in place, played perfectly, with little exaggeration.”