Rirchard O'Neill, and the Takacs Quartet at 92Y

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

America’s premier string quartet, the Takács Quartet returns to our stage with a program inspired by the natural world. Haydn’s Sunrise Quartet – with its magical, evocative opening – sets the tone for the New York premiere of Flow, a nature-themed 92NY co-commission by acclaimed composer and violinist Nokuthula Nwengyama, hailed by Gramophone for “music of bold, mesmerizing character.” The program concludes with the second of Beethoven’s Razumovsky quartets, with its middle movement written after the composer reputedly gazed at stars twinkling in the night sky. The Takács plays with vivacity, charisma, and insight, always searching for the next level of meaning in the music they play – something they explore thrillingly in this dawn-to-dusk program.

Haydn, String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4, Sunrise
Nokuthula Nwengyama, flow (NY premiere; 92NY co-commission)
Beethoven, String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 2, Razumovsky