Only after Mendelssohn led a revival of J.S. Bach’s music did it begin to attain its universal admiration as the most consequential in the canon. Mendelssohn’s personal fascination with Bach’s music reveals itself in his own compositions with references to specific works. The Diderot String Quartet bring to life – on period instruments – Bach’s The Art of the Fugue, paired with Mendelssohn’s rarely heard Fugue for String Quartet, Op. 81/4. The program concludes with Mendelssohn’s beloved String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13, paying homage to the baroque master in its own fugal ways.
BWV 1080 Art of the Fugue (excerpts) – J. S. Bach
Fugue in Eb major, Op. 81 No. 4 – Felix Mendelssohn
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13 – Mendelssohn
i. Adagio – Allegro vivace
ii. Adagio non lento
iii. Intermezzo. Allegretto con moto – Allegro di molto