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FITZWILLIAM STRING QUARTET
THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2009 Lucy Russell, violin Jonathan Sparey, violin Alan George, viola Heather Tuach, cello HAYDN The Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross Haydn’s seven meditations on Christ’s final words were composed for Lenten devotions on Good Friday at Cadiz Cathedral in 1787 with each musical episode followed by a short sermon by the bishop. Originally composed for orchestra, Haydn made an arrangement for string quartet shortly afterwards. In this performance Music Department Lecturer Philip Weller will provide text selections to complement the musical episodes. ‘A chaste, inward reading [of the Seven Last Words], deeply musical and thoughtfully articulated… I’ll stick with this beautifully balanced new recording [of Haydn Seven Last Words from the Cross].’ The Gramophone 6.45pm Pre-concert talk by Philip Weller The concert finishes at approximately 9pm