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On Palm Sunday Imago Dei resonates with Passion music by the violin doyen Gidon Kremer and his exceptional chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica. You will hear last words in the hymnal musical language of string instruments and in the contemplative tonal language of Haydn and Schostakovich. A quarter of a millennium ago, Haydn composed “The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross” for a string quartet, which was commissioned for the Good Friday service at Oratorio de la Santa Cueva in the port city Cadiz in the south of Spain. Ever since, the ritual of the Passion meditations takes place each year in the church draped with black cloths, alternating with words of the priest and the music of the seven adagio sonatas. The six adagio movements in the last string quartet by Schostakovich are also music of the Passion—he, like many millions of people in the atheist Soviet Union, suffered persecution and sanctions by the dictatorial regime.

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