Haydn. Die Sieben Letzten Worte. Cuarteto Casals
Label: harmonia mundi
Catalog: HMC 902162
Composed by: Haydn: Die sieben letzten Worte
Haydn composed his orchestral version of the Seven Last Words for Good Friday devotions in Cádiz. The task of creating a purely instrumental ‘oratorio’ consisting of seven contemplative slow movements was by no means an easy one; but the outcome was a work of sublime nobility. In its day, it was quite popular and inspired several transcriptions, including the version for string quartet heard here in a performance by the Barcelona-based Cuarteto Casals that is both stylistically sensitive and emotionally compelling.