The fouth of nine Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the 2011 Schwetzingen Festival.
Every Summer the 250-year-old castle of Schwetzingen, just outside the German city of Heidelberg, plays host to a music festival. The stars of today and, hopefully, tomorrow take part - as they have done since the festival began in 1952.
Today's concert features the Hagen Quartet in a typically thoughtful pairing. The quartet plays one of Beethoven's very last works with its alternative (and fiendishly difficult) final movement, the so-called 'Giant Fugue'. They precede late Beethoven with late music by Bach - part of his exploration of the idea of the fugue.
BACH: Contrapunctus 1-4 from 'The Art of Fugue' BWV 1080
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No 13 in B flat Op 130; String Quartet in B flat Op 133 ('Grosse Fuge').