Sarah Wegener soprano
Marie Henriette Reinhold alto
Robin Tritchler tenor
David Soar bass Collegium Vocale Gent
Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809): Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze Hob.III:50-56
The passionately devout processions and services in Spain during Holy Week (Semana Santa) have been well known for centuries. In 1787 Joseph Haydn had the unexpected but great honour of being asked to write a series of orchestral meditations for the Good Friday service in the cathedral of Cadiz. A year later, at the request of his publisher, he reworked the solemn opening, the hair-raising Il terremoto and the remaining emotionally charged sonatas of Die sieben letzten Worte into a string-quartet version. In 1796, the famous version for soloists, choir and orchestra had its premiere in Vienna.