This was demonstrated in a once in a lifetime concert by the Takacs Quartet who put their musical principles and processes on display for a sold-out audience in the intimate confines of Hahn Hall on Wednesday night, June 18. It was halfway through the first week of the Academy's 67th season, which ran through August 9.
The Takacs Quartet: Edward Duisenberre, Karoly Schranz, Geraldine Walther, Andras Fejer. Photo by Patrick Ryan
The day before, the Takacs had led a master class discussion with four ad hoc student quartets who had prepared for their class with hard study and nervous anticipation, then performed with courage and inspiration. The students and a surprisingly large public audience listened carefully to every word the Takacs said, as when violist Geraldine Walther encouraged the students "to look like you're having fun!"
When the Takacs took the stage for their concert Wednesday night, all in black and Walther's gown overlaid with silver filigree, they backed up their words with action.
They played Beethoven's Quartet Op. 59 No. 2 as if they had worked hard with Beethoven beforehand to get clear all the essential points. As the Takacs had told the students in their master class, they keys to finding Beethoven lay in their belief that every note, every rest, every musical decision they made, was essential to realizing the perfection of Beethoven's design.
And while it was sensitive to mood swings and beautiful melodies, once they switched into high gear at the first movement repeat every measure was an exhilarating voyage of discovery in a sleek, fast car.
The only place they disregarded their own instructions was in the riotous center section of the "Allegretto, " where they did not look like they were having fun.
The Takacs next played the "Adagio" from Barber's String Quartet, Op. 11; it was an unusually rapt performance in which the music's hushed intensity was punctuated by audible intakes of breath through first violinist Edward Duisenberre's lips after the longer rests. Similarly whooshed intakes of air accompanied cellist András Fejer's nearly superhuman ability to articulate and maintain long lines of slowly moving notes, expressing the transfixing inevitability of grief. The Takacs' long reading of the last chord's dynamic hairpin marking brought with it welcome waves of consolation and relief.
After intermission, Takacs were joined by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra principal bassist Nico Abondolo for a transcendent performance of Dvorak's Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass Op 77.
The work is not programed much outside of festival settings, but Takacs and Abondolo made it clear that the Quintet is a work of consequence in the composer's artistic life and a signal contributor to his artistic development.
In four spacious movements that together last more than half an hour, Dvorak pour his heart into music that matched Brahms for sheer luxury of invention and scrumptiousness of sound; once you have heard the inexplicably obscure, incongruously sublime Poco Andante, it will remain with you always as an irreplaceable treasure. And once you have heard the Poco Andante delivered by Takacs and Abondolo with such perfection of technique, integrity of feeling and genuineness of expression, you may believe that Dvorak wrote the music for you.
There's more East Coast on the Academy's West Coast future. Under terms of a four-year partnership, selected Music Academy Fellows will train and perform with New York Philharmonic musicians and Music Director Alan Gilbert, in both Santa Barbara and New York. To celebrate the the Music Academy's 70th anniversary in 2017, the New York Philharmonic and the Academy Festival Orchestra will play a joint concert.
Glenn Dicterow, the newest addition to the Academy's star-studded faculty, also has a New York connection: New York Philharmonic concertmaster for 34 years, and holder of the newly-created Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at USC Thornton School of Music. Dicterow's responsibilities included individual lessons for selected Academy students, chamber ensemble coaching, performing on the prestigious Tuesday night concert series, and spearheading a String Leadership Studies Program for promising concertmasters and section principals.what product is dr pepper what solutions does paylocity offer which startup is best in india which project element is an accessibility feature why solutions are important how design awards where manager work when solution of nacl and agno3 are mixed whom test when technology and humanity cross essay whose project is tplex where to project singing voice when product backlog retire what technology can amish use how technology changed our lives where system of government in australia was inherited how much business license cost whose education system is the best how often should a manager give feedback which engineering is best for girls how often to use newa device how much company in tata group engineering where to start how many technologies are there how much technology do we need teachers day how many products does amazon sell per day why product management interview answer who roadmap snakebite when design works where do they need teachers which engineering is for me how much entrepreneurs work how much business tax will i pay roadmap when can you stay overnight how much start up capital for small business how much london eye cost how often can technological hazard happen school where solutions how many tech companies are in the bay area where design store how much design freelance who is manager of manchester united how to roadmap a product what device is this startup where to watch where to find device name on laptop how products are manufactured whose project is tplex how much equipment has lost in the war how far phone from apple watch how much london broil per person which products contain benzene whose product is mysql is it mandatory for teachers to join accredited professional teacher organizations which manufacturer of losartan is recalled how much machine for ice cream how much company stock should i own workers whose numbers are declining crossword where to write technical blogs where can we find an engineer what project x real manufacturer's warranty why system maintenance is important why products is important playtech when company of heroes 3 how business credit cards work how many system apps should i have how project finance works where did we come from science roadmap when do restaurants open where to manufacture makeup why teaching is important to me who developed roblox why solution focused therapy is effective where to find system configuration how much science is required for upsc how often does waste management bill how much business permit what development accounted for the failure weegy why product photography is important where to get workers permit where technology started how much design business card where to buy solutions why management skills are important why solution is a homogeneous mixture how many project runway seasons how much workers compensation when management doesn't care who or what is the third teacher which startup character are you why london business school why device unreachable iphone why manufacturing engineering which business should i start how manager communicate with employee where is maya from project runway junior how many solution does this equation have why manufacturing in china where is genetic engineering from how to find development opportunities who manufactures genesis cars where to manage kindle unlimited where to go from london by train why business analyst which company owns lamborghini who product catalogue how much develop an app how much phone watch when engineering colleges start what is the solution process how much solution to put in rug doctor who roadmap meningitis 2030 which system engages in mass activation how many equipment or how much equipment where to manufacture makeup