Haydn - The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross | Coro COR16152

Haydn - The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross


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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16152

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 31st March 2017



Joseph Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross is one of the most unusual and remarkable compositions of the Classical period. Performed here by the brilliant Callino Quartet, the piece exists in four different versions and the edition for string quartet, which has a particular purity and intimacy, is the form in which the music is most often heard today. Suffused with profound sorrow and grief but also with strength and hope, The Seven Last Words is a work so deeply moving and contemplative that it has impassioned listeners in all its forms for over 200 years and was considered by the composer himself to be one of his greatest masterpieces.

The Callino Quartet was formed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 1999 and has been delighting audiences ever since with its fresh, enthusiastic interpretations and engaging programmes. The versatility of the quartet has enabled it to cultivate a diverse and challenging repertoire with a thoughtful and historically informed approach to the classical quartet literature. The quartet has worked with numerous contemporary composers and has received many awards including prizes at the Borciani and Tromp international string quartet competitions. The group has performed in many of the world's best concert halls including Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall. Violinist, Sarah Sexton, is leader of The Sixteen’s Orchestra.

‘The unalloyed musicality of the Callino Quartet’s playing was as good as you’re likely to hear anywhere. Everything had expressive purpose, and at all times you felt that this was exactly how the music should go.’ - The Irish Times

‘...The Callino Quartet’s performance of the Haydn was as good as it gets; joyous, true to the score, wonderfully expressive and fabulously exciting.’ - Irish Examiner

The Callino Quartet:
- Sarah Sexton (violin)
- Tom Hankey (violin)
- Rebecca Jones (viola)
- Sarah McMahon (cello)

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