Haydn: The seven last words of Christ(symphonic version)
Conductor: János Kovács
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) received an unusual request from Spain in the mid-1780s: he had to compose Good Friday music for the Oratorio de la Santa Cueva in Cádiz. The priest read from the Latin Bible the seven sentences of the Savior on the cross, each with an explanation, and each explanation was followed by seven to eight minutes of music. These seven orchestral movements were composed by Haydn, supplemented by an introductory (Introduzione) and a concluding (Terremoto, depicting the earthquake following the death of Jesus).
The seven sentences quoted:
1. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
2. “You will be with me in paradise today.”
3. “Woman, behold your son. Here is your mother. ”
4. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
5. “I’m thirsty!”
7. “Father, into your hands I commend my soul.”
The work was also shown in Vienna on Good Friday 1787.
By Friday of 1796 he also made an oratorical version of the work.