– J. S. Bach: Contrapunctus 1, aus: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 – J. S. Bach: Contrapunctus 2, aus: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 – J. S. Bach: Contrapunctus 9 a 4 alla Duodecima, aus: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 – W. A. Mozart: Streichquartett d-Moll, KV 421 – M. Reger: Quintett A-Dur, op. 146
Alexander Bader (clarinet) • Klenke Quartett: Annegret Klenke (violin), Beate Hartmann (violin), Yvonne Uhlemann (viola), Ruth Kaltenhäuser (violoncello)
The final works of two outstanding composers whose lives were furthermore closely linked with Leipzig frame this programme by the Klenke Quartet: to begin, we will be hearing extracts from Johann Sebastian Bach’s »The Art of Fugue«, the collection of works that the ageing cantor of St. Thomas’s Church compiled during his latter years. In it, he subjects one single theme to numerous contrapuntal variations. The evening closes with the Clarinet Quintet by Max Reger, an extraordinarily introspective, elegiac composition. As the quintet was completed only a few weeks before Reger’s death, it came to be seen as his »swan song«. Bridging the gap between these two exceptional works is a string quartet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which he dedicated to Joseph Haydn in 1785. The minor key and grave underlying mood of this composition make it in many ways complementary to Bach’s and Reger’s »farewell works«.