Session Report: the Takács Quartet on re-recording Schubert


For the Takács Quartet, re-recording two of Schubert’s string quartets, albeit with a new line-up, has been an eye-opening experience, as first violinist Edward Dusinberre and violist Richard O’Neill tell Charlotte Gardner

Both special circumstances and a special artist are needed for entry into the recording studio twice with the same major work, and that is precisely what we have in the case of the Takács Quartet and its latest album. The group pairs Schubert’s late, great, ‘heavenly length’ String Quartet no.15 in G major D887 (which it previously recorded in 1996, for Decca) with his early- to middle-period String Quartet no.8 in B flat major D112 (which it first recorded back in 1982 for Hungaroton)…

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