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As Sete Últimas Palavras de Cristo
As Sete Últimas Palavras de Cristo
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  • Sinfónica
  • M/6
  • In 1786, Haydn Haydn received a special commission from Cadiz, Spain: instrumental music for the Three Hours ceremony evoking the Passion of Christ. The Good Friday service lasted between noon and three o'clock and focused on the seven words spoken by Christ on the Cross, according to the gospels. This project gave Haydn the opportunity to explore a universe of mysticism for which he had no space in Austria, and the original version of the piece for orchestra was a great success across Europe. It was originally performed in a cave under the Church of the Rosary. All the light sources were draped in black and only one large lamp hanging from the centre of the roof illuminated the solemn darkness. This evening, the work is interspersed with music by CPE Bach, a composer who earned Haydn's admiration. His most famous keyboard concerto is performed by Christian Zacharias, in the double role of soloist and conductor.