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  • TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET with DAVID REQUIRO, Cello Yehudi Menuhin might have put it best when he described Franz Schubert’s music as “purity itself.” His sublime cello quintet, completed weeks before his death, is quite possibly one of the most perfectly written works in all of chamber music - a piece of astounding beauty that exists entirely in its own musical universe. Centered around a miraculous slow movement that seems to stop time itself, the narrative fuses drama, consoling sadness, transcendence, bliss, and more, before ending with a rousing dance-like finale which – composed as the composer lay on his death bed – stands among the most life-affirming statements in all of music.

Schubert String Quintet at Princeton University Concerts