Tenebrae joins forces with the critically acclaimed Chilingirian Quartet for this special one-off concert on 11 January 2015 at 2.30pm, in the intimate, candlelit surrounds of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. This concert mixes music written nearly 200 years apart to create a theatrical sequence around one of the most dramatic moments in the story of Jesus Christ, the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. This unique programme will offer a rare chance to hear alternating movements between Haydn’s and Gesualdo’s settings of The Seven Last Words
Programme: The Seven Last Words
Hadyn String Quartets, op. 51, Seven Last Words of Christ
Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday, op. 15a (1611)
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was the grand master of the classical style when he composed The Seven Last Words in 1785 for Cadiz Cathedral. In its arrangement for string quartet it remains a unique and rarely heard part of the repertoire for that ensemble. Carlo Gesualdo (1562-1613) may have been one of the most turbulent figures in the history of music, yet he wrote sacred music of almost unsurpassed, haunting beauty. Uniting both works is an emotional charge and their composers’ instinctive grasp of the human need for spiritual enlightenment.
Tickets £10-£60, available through the Shakespeare Globe Website