Melbourne Age 

Author: Clive O'Donnell.

 

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

August 12 

 

Welcome again to the Takacs people, showing us all how it's done. Appearing for Musica Viva, the ensemble got down to business on Saturday night with a gripping account of Haydn's last F Major string quartet.

 

Here was a performance to keep you involved through its intellectual focus and energy, a demonstration of non-theatrical collegiality, the whole delivered with bracing elasticity where interpolated slight hesitations and pauses gave extra character to the work's innate fluency.

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