Die Sieben Letzten Worte (Seven Last Words)[CD]
In recent times Haydn's "Seven Last Words" have enjoyed increasing levels of fame and popularity. These intimate seven adagios show a contemplative, deeply introspective side of Haydn which many were not familiar with. Of the several versions of the work (solo keyboard, string quartet, string orchestra) this version for soloists, choir and orchestra became the most popular. That it was, according to Haydn, one of his greatest achievements can be heard in this superb account given by the talented Chamber Choir of Europe, which has already produced many distinguished recordings for Brilliant Classics. Beautifully sensitive singing enhances the individual character accorded to each of the seven Adagio movements by the composer, making this performance an invaluable addition to Haydn's discography of sacred works.
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