Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw & Arthur Japin

Haydn's Seven last words

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Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw & Arthur Japin

It was the work he himself loved most and the very last he ever conducted: Franz Joseph Haydn set a milestone in his oeuvre with Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The seven last words of our Saviour on the cross) - a commission from the Andalusian port city of Cádiz. For an unprecedented version of this colossal classic, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century is joined by author Arthur Japin, who recites from his own work: a story about a Jewish girl at the time of the (re)conquista. 


  • Franz Joseph Haydn

    Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze

    Programme subject to change 



  • Arthur Japin storyteller
  • Alexander Janiczek, Franc Polman, Irmgard Schaller, Annelies van der Vegt, Sophie Wedell violin I
  • Sayuri Yamagata, Jonas Krebs, Guya Martinini, Matthea de Muynck, Paula Perez violin II
  • Fanny Paccoud, Antonio Clares, Ruben Sanderse viola
  • Albert Bruggen, Julie Borsodi, Bartolomeo Dandolo-Marchesi cello
  • Maggie Urquhart, Robert Franenberg double bass
  • Michael Schmidt-Casdorff, Ingo Nelken flute
  • Jasu Moisio, Valerie Colen oboe
  • Hugo Arteaga, Bernat Gili bassoon
  • Emmanuel Frankenberg, Milo Maestri, Mariantonia Riezu González, Stefan Blonk horn
  • Amir Rabinovitz, Chris Price trumpet
  • Arjan Jongsma timpani
  • Alexander Janiczek musical direction

About the performers

The fifty-strong Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw was founded by Frans Brüggen in 1981. The musicians, individually known as specialists in the field of eighteenth and early nineteenth century music, play authentic instruments or copies. After the death of Frans Brüggen in 2014, the orchestra members decided to continue the tradition of seven tours per year with guest conductors.  
Describing Arthur Japin as well-known “Utrechter” does him little justice, because he enjoys recognition from far beyond the city. The author gained widespread fame with his novel The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi, which was translated worldwide and was only published after ten years of extensive research by the author, spanning three continents. In addition to his publications, he occasionally ventures down a different path: he hosted the Dutch version of the British TV show QI, adapted his books for the theatre, wrote song lyrics, and appeared in the television series Flodder. 

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