A musical commentary on the last words of Christ: that was the somewhat unusual task entrusted to Joseph Haydn in 1785. The commission came from a small chapel in Cadiz, a sacred grotto carved out of the rocks.
Haydn found his experience in the chapel profoundly moving. The music he composed in turn made a deep impression on the audience: the seven slow sonatas are simple and almost meditative in nature, but it is their very fragility and intimacy that make the work so gripping.
Flagey, Brussels Philharmonic