A new release from the Takács Quartet is guaranteed to be a highlight of the musical year, and this one easily exceeds all expectations. The ‘American’ quintet dates from Dvořák’s sojourn in the New World, the quartet from his return to old-world Prague; both are marvellous works, sounding here every bit the masterpieces they undoubtedly are.
The pairing of the Takács Quartet and viola player Lawrence Power has already proved a winning one in Brahms and the results are no less seductive in Dvorak, with a recording that brings them up close and personal…the Takács’s way with the close brings a suitably uplifting ending to an entrancing disc. Gramophone
Their attention to detail produces constantly arresting textures and the recorded balance allows the all-important viola lines full prominence…Their performance of Dvořák’s last string quartet…is unfailingly delightful. They certainly have the measure of impassioned lyricism tinged with slight neurotic quirks in the outer movements. BBC ****