The seven words

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Le Concert des Nations
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Jordi Savall, conductor


Heinrich Schütz: The Seven Words of Christ on the Cross, SWV 478
F. J. Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
José Saramago: The Seven Words of Man. Recited text

Jordi Savall presents Haydn’s piece The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross in its original rendering for orchestra and choir, complemented with the version by Heinrich Schütz, one of the leading composers of the early German Baroque period and a clear predecessor of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The programme features the atheist layman’s view of Portuguese writer José Saramago (author of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ) and The Seven Last Words of Man. The concert, programmed for the middle of Easter Week, offers a human insight into Christ’s suffering, without relinquishing the introspection and spiritual importance of music that is capable of stirring the heartstrings of believers and non-believers alike.