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Rosamunde Quartett
Joseph Haydn, The Seven Words

Andreas Reiner violin
Simon Fordham violin
Helmut Nicolai viola
Anja Lechner cello
 
The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, 7 Quartets for 2 Violins, Viola and cello Hob. III: 50-56. Introduzione: Maestoso ed Adagaio
I Largo
II Grave e cantabile
III Grave
IV Largo
V Adagio
VI Lento
VII Largo
Il Terremoto-Presto e con tutto la forza

Recorded May 2000
ECM New Series 1756
 
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After their acclaimed transcultural collaboration with bandoneonist Dino Saluzzi on "Kultrum", the Rosamunde Quartett now deliver a powerful and persuasive performance of Joseph Haydn's intensely religious work. As writer Uwe Schweikert notes, "The Rosamunde Quartett grasps the meditative-philosophical essence of the composition." Written originally for large orchestra in response to a 1785 commision, Haydn prepared his string quartet version soon afterwards. It has long been regarded as one of the most challenging pieces in the string quartet repertoire.