About This Performance
The Orion’s annual appearance with the Society highlights late works by three great composers. Although Bach never specified the instrumentation of the Art of the Fugue, this “technically impeccable” (Los Angeles Times) quartet is more than up to the task of interpreting the deeply contrapuntal work. Bartók’s final quartet serves as a solemn reflection on the human condition, while Beethoven’s Op. 130/133 is “one of the great artistic testaments to the human capacity for meaning in the face of chaos” (Mark Steinberg).
Bach: Final Fugue from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
Bartók: Quartet No. 6
Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 w/ Grosse Fuge, Op. 133