Notes & Reviews:
"It was not the easiest of tasks to compose seven adagios, each of which was to last about ten minutes, and have them follow upon one another without tiring the listeners..." That was the charming modesty with which Haydn himself understated the complexity of writing what turned out to be one of the most remarkable and important works of Viennese Classicism. The commission came from the Spanish city of Cadiz and concerned the special form of the liturgy performed there on Good Friday. In its original version the work comprised a series of orchestral pieces; very soon after that he arranged them for string quartet and also sanctioned a keyboard arrangement. Later, having heard Handel's oratorios in London, he created a version that combined his original music with a text by Gottfried van Swieten. This is music that is constantly sustained and reverent in new and different ways.
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Works DetailsHaydn, Franz Joseph : Seven last words of Christ on the Cross, Op. 51/H 3 no 50-56
- Ensemble: Gewandhaus Quartet
- Running Time: 49 min. 27 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Written: 1787