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“They are not for you, but for a later age!” So wrote Ludwig van Beethoven about his Op. 59 quartets, which will be performed in Ann Arbor this season as part of a complete Beethoven string quartet cycle by the Takács Quartet over six concerts in the 2016-17 season, joining only two other ensembles (the Budapest and Guarneri Quartets) to complete the cycle in a single season. Composed against the turbulent backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath, this radical music is as invigorating now as it was for its first performers and audiences. The first two and last two concerts are included in the 54th Chamber Arts Series; the middle two concerts are available as a subscriber add-on.
PROGRAM CONCERT 6
- Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1
- Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 with Op. 133 “Grosse Fuge”