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An intriguing programme at the QEH highlights the transformative effect of Hungarian folk music on Bela Bartók—and vice versa

By Stephen Everson   March 2006

Top marks for Takács It is something of a coup for the South Bank Centre to have recruited the Takács Quartet as associate artists, to succeed the Alban Berg Quartet (now promoted to the status of “Quartet Laureate”). Where the ABQ’s playing is marked by a control and refinement that can give the—usually misleading—impression that its players are more concerned to polish the surface of music than to explore its depths, the Takács, while certainly not lacking in control or refinement, play with a directness that leaves no doubt of its musical and emotional command of the repertoire. Founded in…

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