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Brahms - Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor

with Gábor Takács-Nagy

In this chamber music masterclass, the great Takács-Nagy focuses on one of the most intimate of Brahms' works, the Piano Quartet No 3 in C Minor

Instrument Piano , Violin , Viola , Cello

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3 lessons · 73m 07s

Gabor Takacs-Nagy was born in Budapest where he started learning the violin at the age of eight. He attended the Franz Liszt Academy, after which he studied with Nathan Milstein. from 1975 to 1992, he was founding member and first violin of the Takacs Quartet which became world-renowned as one of the finest string quartets of its day.

An inspiring and perceptive teacher, Gabor Takacs-Nagy chamber music masterclass are greatly in demand. Since 1977, he was been Professor of String Quartet at the Geneva Conservatoire and he regularly gives masterclasses in various academies throughout the world.

In this masterclass, he focuses on a magnificent and tragic work by Johannes Brahms: the Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60, composed for violin, viola, cello and piano, also known as Werther quartet. In Goethe's work, Werther is a very sensitive and creative young man, becoming depressed when he sees the woman he loves marrying another. Indeed, Brahms's feelings for Clara, Robert Schumann's wife, were vain, and this love could very well be compared to Werther's story.

In 1855, he started to compose three piano quartets, and completed two of them. The last one, the most personal and the deepest, was put apart. Young Brahms's feelings are exposed, the twenty-two year-old artist torn between his admiration for Robert Schumann, dying, and his impossible love. In 1868, he is not sure whether he should or not release this work that reminds him of such events of his past. Thankfully, time heals all wounds, and the work was completed in 1875, and performed for the first time 20 years after its first draft.

Students: Eduard Kunz (Piano), Vilde Frang ( Violin), Barbara Buntrock ( Viola), Leonard Elschenbroich ( Cello)

In partnership with The Masterclass Media Foundation Archives, which provides a valuable educational resource in order to perpetuate musical passion and knowledge from one generation to another. [MMF014]

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Gábor Takács-Nagy

Gábor Takács-Nagy was born in Budapest where he started learning the violin at the age of eight. Whilst still a student at the Franz Liszt Academy, he won First Prize in the Jeno Hubay Violin Competition in 1979, after which he continued his studies with Nathan Milstein.

From 1975 to 1992, he was founding member and first violin of the Takács Quartet which won first prizes in the international competitions at Evian (1977) and Portsmouth (1979).  The quartet performed with Sir Georg Solti, Lord Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, András Schiff, James Galway, Paul Tortelier, Mikhail Pletnev, Joshua Bell, Zoltan Kocsis and Gidon Kremer and made several recordings for Decca and Hungaroton.

In 1982, he was awarded the Liszt Prize.  In 1996, he founded the Takács Piano Trio with whom he made recordings of works by Franz Liszt, Laszlo Lajtha and Sandor Veress, and the BBC in the UK has broadcast their recording of Beethoven’s Archduke Trio.  In 1997, Gábor Takács-Nagy was named Professor of String Quartet at the Geneva Conservatoire and at the Sion Conservatoire in Valais and he regularly gives masterclasses in several international academies.

Since 2001, Gábor Takács-Nagy has also conducted orchestras, creating in 2005 his own string orchestra the Bellerive Camerata Bellerive.

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