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Haydn: Die Sieben Letzten Worte / Cuarteto Casals

Haydn / Cuarteto Casals
Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902162   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Casals String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Haydn’s Seven Last Words – a cycle of sacred adagios – has been lucky on record. There are excellent recordings no matter how you like the piece: in oratorio form (Jordi Savall, dramatic), the original orchestral (Riccardo Muti, dark-hued) or – most abundant – wide-ranging string quartet interpretations, from the poetic and period-instrument (Quatuor Mosaïques) to the intensely inward (Rosamunde Quartett). Cuarteto Casals has a quirkily formal sense of phrasing that can take some getting used to. Yet this group – from Spain, where the piece was premiered in 1787 – offers an alluring rendition in terms of timbre and texture, with the quartet’s period bows drawing out a sound that’s complex and vulnerable.

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Works on This Recording

1. Seven last words of Christ on the Cross, H 20 no 1a by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Casals String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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