Beethoven – String Quartet no.14 in C-sharp minor, op.131Haydn – The Seven Last Words of our Redeemer on the Cross, op.51
Corina Belcea, Axel Schacher (violins)Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola)
Antoine Lederlin (cello)
Thomas Quasthoff (narrator)
Seven movements and seven last words: I wonder whether that was the initial stimulus behind this programme. It does not necessarily reveal very much in itself – the extent to which Beethoven’s op.131 is in seven true movements is at least debatable – but, more importantly, prefacing the serenity of Haydn’s most extraordinary work for string quartet with that of late Beethoven had one both thinking and feeling, in a sense the essence of religion, in this case of Lenten religion.