By Lawrence A. Johnson
When the great chamber groups play, every composer seems like their specialty.
Such was the feeling with the Takács Quartet’s return to town Friday night at Mandel Hall. In addition to opening the 75th season of concerts for the University of Chicago Presents, the event marked the 20th anniversary of the ensemble’s debut in the Hyde Park series.
The Takács Quartet, now in its 44th season, has long been associated with music of Beethoven and the romantic 19th century repertory. But on Friday the group proved just as illuminating and convincingly at home with Shostakovich as in the flanking works by Haydn and Brahms.