Haydn Seven Last Words

Alexei Lubimov - Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ (2014)

Alexei Lubimov - Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 336 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 191 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territories/Outhere Music | # ZZT341 | Time: 01:04:21

Although it is played on a period instrument, no one is arguing that this recording of Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ is historically authentic. The work, exceptionally in Haydn's output, exists in multiple versions, for orchestra, string quartet, chorus, and keyboard (either fortepiano or harpsichord). But surely Haydn did not have the instrument heard here, the rare tangent piano, in his head. This was, speaking roughly, a piano-harpsichord hybrid that never really found its footing in the late 18th century. As long as listeners are down with the idea of a fairly speculative recording, the effect of the tangent piano in this particular work is electrifying. Lubimov gets the best of both worlds: the intimacy of the keyboard version and the dynamic contrasts and timbral shadings of the orchestral original. The keyboard transcription is not by Haydn himself but was made in his own time, and he approved it. Lubimov works from this, tweaking it and adding contrasts that break up the seven consecutive slow movements and give them an extraordinarily expressive quality.
Cuarteto Casals - Franz Joseph Haydn: Die sieben letzten Worte / The Seven Last Words of Chris (2014)

Cuarteto Casals - Franz Joseph Haydn: Die sieben letzten Worte / The Seven Last Words of Chris (2014)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:00:06 | 141 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2014

Haydn wrote his Seven Last Words in 1786/87 for Good Friday devotions in Cádiz. The task of composing 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, which in Haydn’s own transcription for string quartet has enjoyed unfailing popularity ever since. Such a haunting work needs a certain amount of expressive power at times and a mournful reserve as well, a glimmer of hope and regretful contemplation. The Casals Quartet provides the proper balance that the music demands.
Haydn / Peris - Henschel Quartett - The seven last words of Christ (Version for string quartet and voice) (2012)

Joseph Haydn / José Peris - The seven last words of Christ (Version for string quartet and voice)
Henschel Quartett / Susanne Kelling, Mezzo Soprano
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 289 MB | Full Artwork: 89 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Challenge Records # CC72546 | Country/Year: Europe 2012
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Style: Viennese School, Present 21st Century, Vocal

When Franz Joseph Haydn composed his string quartet version of The Seven Last Words of Christ (one of several versions he either wrote or authorized), he incorporated Jesus' final sentences in the score under their associated melodies, though they were not intended to be sung. In practice, a priest would intone the last words before each of the sonatas, which were played for the congregation as slow meditations. Spanish composer José Peris Lacasa, a student of Carl Orff and Nadia Boulanger, has worked the combination of words and music into a performing version for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, and this release by Susanne Kelling and the Henschel Quartet is the premiere recording…
Haydn - The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross (Vladimir Jurowski) (2011)

Haydn - The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross (Vladimir Jurowski) (2011)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Image+Cue, Log | Scans | 238.05 MB
Label: LPO | TT: 64:18

This series of seven Easter meditations includes some of Haydn’s most intense and inventive music, evoking the struggle of Christ’s final hours and the solemnity of the church’s Holy Week services. This live performance of The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross juxtaposes Haydn’s original instrumental movements with their later choral versions, offering a multi-layered experience of the work.
Haydn - The Seven Last Words (Emerson String Quartet) (2004)

Haydn - The Seven Last Words (Emerson String Quartet) (2004)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Img+Cue, Log | Covers | 258.42 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog N.: B0002053-02 | TT: 69:01

The Emerson Quartet might be said to bring the best of both worlds, combining the Classical purity of the Mosaiques with the Lindsay's Romantic warmth. Technically speaking theses players are very much in a class of their own and DG's recording (detailed, yet gently cushioned) is also in the luxury class.

Haydn : The Seven Last Words - The Lindsays - 1993.  

Posted by dakszhund at Feb. 15, 2009
Haydn : The Seven Last Words - The Lindsays - 1993.

Haydn : The Seven Last Words - The Lindsays - 1993.
APE + CUE | TT: 70',32 | Covers | Booklet | 274 MB

I have avoided this music ever since I heard a poor performance, complete with several sermons, as a small boy. From that time, Haydn's Seven Last Words has always been associated in my mind with the longest day of my life. No longer shall I hold this view since this performance by the Lindsay Quartet is magical and it confirms them as something a bit more special than just our finest British quartet. There are, I suspect, few quartets who could sustain these seven slow movements, each lasting about ten minutes, and yet give them such variety of intensity, colour and mood. Come to think of it, with the wisdom of middle-age, I can now see that Haydn revealed himself as a visionary composer in the way he set about creating these seven miniature tone-poems for string quartet. The work is divided into nine sections comprising the seven slow movements each describing one of the final utterances of Christ on the Cross together with a slow introduction and a final Presto con tutta la forza which depicts the earthquake which occurred when ''the veil of the temple was rent in twain''. I suspect that some people may not find it a disc to be listened to from beginning to end; they may need substantial breaks between one movement and the next. In that case, they may end up with a shortened list of favourite movements: in my case, the wonderful view of Paradise in No. 2, the portrait of Christ's Mother in No. 3 and of the terrible energy of the earthquake in the final section. Highly recommended.'

Haydn: The Seven Last Words  

Posted by at Sept. 12, 2008
Haydn: The Seven Last Words


Haydn: The Seven Last Words
Deutsche Grammophon | 9 mars 2004 | Classical | APE+CUE | 3% Recovery | 247 MB | Covers+Booklet | 69'03"

In 1785, the Cathedral of Cádiz commissioned Haydn to write seven orchestral interludes, to be performed during Holy Week services between the bishop's recitation of Jesus' seven last words, plus an introduction and an epilogue depicting the earthquake after His death. Though Haydn later complained about the difficulty of composing eight consecutive slow movements that would not "fatigue the listener," but "produce the deepest impression…in his soul," he succeeded magnificently. The work is surely one of his great masterpieces. Originally scored for full orchestra, he arranged it for string quartet (the most familiar version), for piano, and subsequently also for soloists, chorus and orchestra on a text by Baron van Swieten. This recording, part of the Emerson's Haydn Project, is wonderful. Though the texture is full and often contrapuntal, the first violin generally carries the melody. …
Edith Eisler

Joseph Haydn - The Seven last Words of Christ  Music

Posted by seventoes at Jan. 31, 2007
Joseph Haydn - The Seven last Words of Christ

Joseph Haydn - The Seven last Words of Christ
APE+CUE+Cover | 1980 Year | 1 CD | Classical | RAR (6 parts)

The Seven Last Words of Christ (Die sieben letztzn Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze) is a classical composition by Joseph Haydn, featuring seven meditations on the last words of Jesus Christ, commissioned in 1787 for the Good Friday service at the Grotto Santa Cueva near Cádiz in southern Spain.

Haydn - The Seven Last Words (2004)  Music

Posted by p.cedric at Jan. 14, 2007
Haydn - The Seven Last Words (2004)

Haydn - The Seven Last Words - Emerson String Quartet (2004)
Classical | 69’01 | FLAC | 256 MB | Front pic

Franz Joseph Haydn - The Seven Last Words - Jos van Immerseel  Music

Posted by celmomas at June 26, 2006
Franz Joseph Haydn - The Seven Last Words - Jos van Immerseel

Franz Joseph Haydn - The Seven Last Words - Jos van Immerseel

Genre: Classical | Type: FLAC | Avg. bitrate: 426 Kb/s | Size: 182 MB | Length: 56:42 |
Label: Channel Classics | Year: 1995