We fell in love with Haydn’s great work of liturgical music early in our career and have performed this concert-length work at Eastertide every year since. By turns somber, tender, reflective, and ecstatic, The Seven Last Words of Christ traverses the fires of betrayal and death into sublime transcendence. Haydn’s music speaks directly to the heart, with masterful melodic clarity and timeless harmonies that lift the listener to a meditative place.
In 2012, we partnered with Chicago composer/arranger Joe Clark to create a new adaptation of the original orchestral and oratorio scores rather than perform from the traditional quartet arrangement, a perplexing and problematic treatment that has led many to question its authenticity.
The video below is from a live performance in April 2014, presented by the Grammy-nominated chamber choir Seraphic Fire.