It has been the wish of many to have their final moments on earth accompanied by Mozart. Indeed, his music transcends mortal achievement in terms of its unattainable perfection and cosmic aura. Programs beginning with his music abound; however, this one offers a refreshing approach, opening with sublime late works by three of history’s most profound composers and leading up to the glorious D major String Quintet of Mozart.
- Purcell Fantasia Upon One Note for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello (c. 1680)
- Bach Contrapunctus XIV from The Art of Fugue for String Quartet (Before 1742, rev. c. 1745 and 1748–49)
- Bartók Quartet No. 6 for Strings, BB 119 (1939)
- Mozart Quintet in D major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, K. 593 (1790)