The seven last words of Jesus on the cross are an essential core of Christian faith. One of the best-knownmusical adaptations is that of Joseph Haydn, originally composed as seven orchestral interludes for a recitation of the biblical text. Soon afterwards Haydn approved the quartet version – it is no easy task for only four strings to explore its religious depths. The Scaramouche Quartet has achieved this with bravura on its debut SACD.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross
Seven string quartets, op.51, no. 1-6 Hob.III. 50-56
1. Introduzione: Maestoso ed Adagio 5:00
2. Sonata I: Largo
„Pater, dimitte illis, non enim sciunt, quid faciunt.“
5:59
3. Sonata II: Grave e Cantabile
„Amen dico tibi: Hodie mecum eris in Paradiso.“
8:03
4. Sonata III: Grave
„Mulier ecce filius tuus, et tu, ecce mater tua!“
9:46
5. Sonata IV: Largo
„Deus meus, utquid deleriquisti me?“
7:29
6. Sonata V: Adagio
„Sitio!“
9:23
7. Sonata VI: Lento
„Consummatum est!“
8:24
8. Sonata VII: Largo
„In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum.“
7:43
9. Il Terremoto: Presto e con tutta la forza 2:04
Tota time: 1:03:51
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