Hadyn: Seven Last Words of our Savior on the Cross, Op. 51 - Aeolian String Quartet
GSC040DL (MONO) - Hadyn: Seven Last Words of our Savior on the Cross, Op. 51 - Aeolian String Quartet: Sydney Humphreys, violin; Raymond Keenlyside, violin; Watson Forbes, viola; Derek Simpson, 'cello - At the request of Hadyn's publisher, Artaria, the composer in 1787 produced a reduced version of the original orchestral score for string quartet: Haydn's Opus 51. This is the form in which the music is most often heard today: a group of seven works (Hoboken-Verzeichnis III/50–56), with the Introduction abutting Sonata I and Sonata VII joined by the Earthquake. The first violin part includes the Latin text directly under the notes, which "speak" the words musically. This recording features the pre-1965 Aeolian String Quartet personnel, from a recording released on a Saga LP. No recording information is given, but presumably this recording was originally released on the Revolutions Records label, on which the quartet had made a few other recordings in the 50s. The Saga release had some obviously artificial reverb added, which tended to ring a bit. I have reduced the "ring", and added a bit of space around the proceedings to give a sense of presence to the very closely miked acoustic. This a very solemn, heart-felt performance, and worthy of repeated playing.