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Music from Eighteenth Century Prague - works by Zelenka, Tuma, Orschler / Collegium 1704

Album Summary

>Tuma, Frantisek Ignác Antonín : Stabat Mater
>Orschler, Johann Georg : Sonata for 2 violins & basso continuo in F major
>Zelenka, Jan D. : Sub tuum praesidium, antiphons (10) for chorus & continuo, ZWV 157
>Zelenka, Jan D. : Sanctus for chorus & continuo in D minor, ZWV 36
>Zelenka, Jan D. : Sanctus, Agnus Dei for chorus & continuo in G minor, ZWV 34
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A fascinating view of little-known works by the three Czech Baroque masters. Includes four World-premiere recordings! Frantisek uma's Stabat Mater is a masterpiece bearing witness to the transformation of the 'old craft' into a new pre-Classicist style. The internationally renowned Collegium 1704 ensemble is led by Vaclav Luks.

Expedition Audio Recommended
It's a fascinating album that I have enjoyed many times, even before discovering the interesting music history lessons it includes. It all boils down to some beautiful and moving music, finely textured and superbly performed by Collegium 1704.... read more

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-11-08_2012-11-10&2013-).



Reviews

Timeless Classics
The latest installment of Supraphon's long-running Music from 18th Century Prague series features mostly sacred music by two composers, and an instrumental work by a third. All three share a connection with J.J. Fux, whose highly influential teachings on composition and counterpoint left their mark on virtually all Czech composers of the period.

The album opens with a Stabat mater of Frnatisek Tuma, who spent most of his working life in Vienna, rather than Prague. Written in the stile antico, the Stabat mater follows the ideals of Fux (channeling Palestrina). Tuma's composition is a glorious work of church counterpoint.

Jan Dismas Zelenka was known as a daring and inventive composer. And while that's true of his instrumental music, his sacred works are more conservative, following the guidelines set out by Fux. Still, the counterpoint seems fresher and brighter than that of Tuma, with a strong sense of forward motion.

Johann Orschler's Sonata in F for two violins and basso continuo provide an instrumental interlude between the choral works of Tuma and Zelenka. His sonata sounds Italianate, although somewhat understated in the solo parts.

The Collegium 1704 directed by Vaclav Luks performs these works admirably. The choir's blend is a little sparse, and the voices sometimes have an edge to them. For these works, though, it works.

The dense counterpoint of Tuma especially would be muddied with a more homogenous vocal blend.
Submitted on 05/27/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Frantisek Ignác Antonín Tuma (1704 - 1774) : Stabat Mater
  • Conductor: Václav Luks
  • Ensemble: Collegium 1704
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-11-08_2012-11-10&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Orschler, Johann Georg : Sonata for 2 violins & basso continuo in F major
  • Conductor: Václav Luks
  • Ensemble: Collegium 1704
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-11-08_2012-11-10&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Sub tuum præsidium, antiphons (10) for chorus & continuo, ZWV 157 :: Sub tuum præsidium in G minor
  • Conductor: Václav Luks
  • Ensemble: Collegium 1704
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-11-08_2012-11-10&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1729-1734

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Sanctus for chorus & continuo in D minor, ZWV 36
  • Conductor: Václav Luks
  • Ensemble: Collegium 1704
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-11-08_2012-11-10&2013-)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1728

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Sub tuum præsidium, antiphons (10) for chorus & continuo, ZWV 157 :: Sub tuum præsidium in C minor
  • Conductor: Václav Luks
  • Ensemble: Collegium 1704
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-11-08_2012-11-10&2013-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1729-1734

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Sanctus, Agnus Dei for chorus & continuo in G minor, ZWV 34
  • Conductor: Václav Luks
  • Ensemble: Collegium 1704
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-11-08_2012-11-10&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1728

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Sub tuum præsidium, antiphons (10) for chorus & continuo, ZWV 157 :: Sub tuum præsidium in D minor
  • Conductor: Václav Luks
  • Ensemble: Collegium 1704
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague (2013-11-08_2012-11-10&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1729-1734