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This review is from: Britten: String Quartets [Takács Quartet] [Hyperion: CDA68004] (Audio CD)
Is there anything the Takacs Quartet play which does not intellectually stimulate, emotionally perturb ( in the best sense), and spiritually elevate? This is a phenomenal recording, which doesn't just demand to be heard, but to be listened to again and again in order to absorb the full impact of the passionate and committed playing - the profoundly spiritual and unflinching interpretations (from first track to last) - the intricacies of the sound-picture, so beautifully captured (Hyperion does it again!!) - and surely performances that BB (the sternest critic) would have been proud of. You can almost sense Britten's failing health in the 'Solo' of the 3rd Quartet, and it knocked me utterly sideways...like no performance or recording before. Please, please, buy this CD.