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Takács Assad Labro [Pure DSD]

Clarice Assad, Julien Labro, Takacs Quartet


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The world-renowned Takács Quartet team up with bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro to bring you their latest album Takács Assad Labro. The album is comprised of music written by Clarice Assad, Julien Labro (bandoneón) and Bryce Dessner (guitarist and composer).

It is available in Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound Pure DSD 256, DSD 128 and DSD 64 plus Stereo DSD 512 exclusively at NativeDSD.

It was important to me that we record natively in DSD 256fs as well as on our analog tape format.  The liveliness and precision of this playing warranted as transparent a sound as we could deliver, and DSD did not disappoint!
– Bob Attiyeh, Yarlung Records

Read more about the process of this album from Bob in his Blog Post Message from the Producer: Bob Attiyeh talks about Takács Quartet

This album helps honor and celebrate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the extraordinary Takács Quartet, formed in the mid 1970s at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest by Gabor Takács-Nagy, Károly Schranz, Gabor Ormai and András Fejér.  András remains cellist to this day. He was one of the original music student founders of the quartet, which would become one of the highest-ranked and best-loved string quartets in history.

Julien Labro, Bandoneón

Takács Quartet
Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, violins
András Fejér, cello
Richard O’Neill, viola



Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Luminous, from Pendulum Suite
Meditation No. 1
Cravo e Canela

Total time: 00:53:55

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Mastering Engineers

Steve Hoffman, Arian Jansen and Bob Attiyeh


AKG C24 microphone: Ancona Audio



Original Recording Format

Recording Engineers

Bob Attiyeh and Arian Jansen

Release DateMarch 8, 2024

Press reviews

Classical Source

Through their work with the Hungaraton, Decca and Hyperion labels the Takács Quartet are very much associated with the core repertoire, so this release featuring five contemporary composers, bandoneón (a cross between a concertina and accordion) and a piano piece with scat vocals looked fascinating.

The album features three pieces using bandoneón and string quartet. In Clarice Assad’s Circles you have a minimalist drone-like treble and snatches of dance over a heavy bass, which is hypnotically distinctive and while the much longer Clash is more abrasive, again you have snatches of melody and dance that create a distinctive sound-world. In a softer vein Julien Labro’s Meditation No.1 mixes longer melodic lines and dance, where the bandoneón is very eloquent and more than a little Parisienne.

Luminous features scraps of language, which are essentially scat vocals, while Milton Nascimento’s Cravo e Canela has actual lyrics, over boogie-woogie like piano and while the performances are obviously authentic, you can’t help but wonder what the far stronger voiced Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson might have made of them.   

Constellation for violin and piano begins and ends with a melancholy song, which frames a piece of modernist salon music, with a reference to The Lark Ascending at 9.30 and Kaija Saariaho’s Nocturne is a more astringent short Étude for solo violin. In both Edward Dusinberre’s tone is less than refulgent.

Yarlung record in analogue and DSD256 without editing. The DSD512 download is marvellous, with beautifully rich sonorities and timbres, which is far superior to anything Decca and Hyperion can offer. However I have no idea why the highest resolution you can stream is a mere 24/88.4, which is very good, but lacks the space and impact of the DSD.

The booklet is very informative, but like so many contemporary music albums you have to put up with loads of purple prose, where everyone and everything is absolutely wonderful and the running time is rather short.


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