Takács Quartet and Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii: Schumann, Haydn, Bartok
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I hope that someone else was as confused as I was about this event.
I'm giving it one star for a reason I thought I'd never see. Both the quartet and Nobu were amazing, but . . . the quartet played over the top of him, literally, sonically, geographically.
Nobu plays with such an amazing subtlety that was completely lost because the quartet was literally sitting in front of the piano. It sounded like a quartet concerto with piano accompaniment. By the end, you could hear Nobu pounding at chords: I believe, because he could also tell that the mix was off.
Don’t get me wrong, amazing performances, it’s just you’d think someone at some point would have suggested that the stage be set so that people could at least see and hear one of the world’s greatest young players.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Miracle is the only word to describe [Tsujii]. This is truly the act of God.” --Van Cliburn
World-renowned string ensemble Takács Quartet delivers classic repertoire with drama, warmth and humor. The group performs Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 74 No. 3 and Bartok’s String Quartet No. 1.
Joining the Takács Quartet for Schumann’s Piano Quintet is Japanese virtuoso Nobuyuki Tsujii in his Los Angeles premiere. Born blind, the 22-year-old prodigy began his study at the age of 4 and won the gold medal in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.