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Haydn: The Seven Last Words

Ensemble O Vos Omnes & Quartet Gerhard

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    F. J. Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ (1787-1796) 55'

Performers

    Ensemble O Vos Omnes
    Quartet Gerhard
    Roger Illa, fortepiano
    Xavier Pastrana, conductor

Program

The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross by Joseph Haydn is one of the works which most closely related this season’s theme – mortality. From the second half of the 18th century onwards, Haydn's popularity began to move across international frontiers. In 1786 the Congregation of Santa Cova, (the Holy Cave), in Cadiz commissioned a work for the Good Friday religious ceremony. Through seven ‘sonatas’, Haydn goes over, one by one, the last words that Christ uttered just before he was crucified. Aiming to be completely faithful to the words of the Gospels, Haydn musically captures very different moods: from the pain of the first word, to the consolation of the sixth; from the maternal companionship of the third to the bewildering loneliness of the fourth; from the transcendence of the second to the physical suffering of the fifth. In addition to the seven sonatas, Haydn added an introduction movement and a final "Earthquake" movement, which is considerably louder and more agitated than the rest of the work.

    • Tuesday 13 December 19:00
  • €28
  • Stage Hall 1 Pau Casals
  • Chamber Music

From pain to consolation, from maternal companionship to bewildering loneliness, from transcendence to physical suffering.

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Tuesday

13 December 2022
Time:
19:00
Price:
€28

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