Wigmore Hall Associate Artists, the Takács Quartet, and two close collaborators perform sextets rich in character and contrasts. Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florenceprojects Italianate warmth and Russian passion, while Brahms’s Second String Sextet releases emotions aroused by a short-lived love affair.

The Takács Quartet, now entering its forty-third season, is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more”, and the Financial Times described a recent concert at the Wigmore Hall: “Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.” Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takács Quartet performs eighty concerts a year worldwide.

Programme

 

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

 

Souvenir de Florence Op. 70

 

INTERVAL

 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

 

String Sextet in G major Op. 36