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Zelenka: Lamentations for the Prophet Jeremiah / Damien Guillon, Daniel Johannsen, Tomas Kral. Collegium Marianum, Semeradova

Album Summary

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Lamentationes (6) pro hebdomada sancta, for soloists & chorus ("Lamentationes Jeremiæ prophetæ"), ZW
>Chant, Gregorian : Lamentationis Jeremiae, lectio I
>Chant, Gregorian : Lamentationis Jeremiae, lectio II
>Chant, Gregorian : Lamentationis Jeremiae, lectio III
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Old Testament Book of Lamentations has been subjected to a number of settings since the Middle Ages; that of Jan Dismas Zelenka occupies a significant position among them. In his Lamentations, Zelenka succeeded in combining the contemplative aspect with a powerful dramatic charge. His penchant for unusual instrumentation is evident in, for instance, the final Lamentation (solo violin, bassoon and chalumeau). Zelenka only set to music two lessons of the first Nocturne for each day; here, every third reading takes the form of Gregorian chant, as was most likely heard at the Dresden court.

Classical Music
Zelenka's 1722 lamentations make an appealing, varied sequence especially when performed as well as this. Semeradova's period musicians play with grace and beauty, and the soloists...Anyone with an interest in byways of the baroque will find much to love here.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
In comparison to his contemporaries, Zelenka's style will seem almost quaint, if not downright old-fashioned...Of the performances themselves, all is splendid. The balance of the period instruments is perfectly judged, with intelligent and characterful singing from all three soloists.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Jan Dismas Zelenka conceived his two cycles of Lamentations (1722 and 1723) as solo concertos for male voice and a light accompaniment of strings, continuo, and wind instruments. The second cycle, recorded here, includes polyphonic settings only for the first two of each of the three readings from the Lamentations of Jeremiah heard at the offices of Matins on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of Holy Week. The third reading in each office is performed as chant. Zelenka's selection of wind instrument demonstrates his genius for color combinations. The polyphonic Lamentations for Holy Wednesday are for bass voice, alto voice, with strings, oboes, and continuo. On Maundy Thursday they are for tenor and bass, again with strings, oboes, and continuo. And on Good Friday, he writes for tenor, two flutes, two cellos, and continuo and for alto, violin, chalumeau, bassoon, and continuo. The effect is wonderful, and all the more so because of the excellent singing and playing. Texts and notes are in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague (2014-05-21&2014-05-22&2014-).



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Works Details

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Lamentationes (6) pro hebdomada sancta, for soloists & chorus ("Lamentationes Jeremiæ prophetæ"), ZW
  • Performer: Tomás Král
  • Conductor: Jana Semeradova
  • Ensemble: Collegium Marianum
  • Notes: Church of the Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague (2014-05-21&2014-05-22&2014-)
  • Running Time: 60 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Chant, Gregorian : Lamentationis Jeremiae, lectio I
  • Performer: Tomás Král
  • Conductor: Jana Semeradova
  • Notes: Church of the Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague (2014-05-21&2014-05-22&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Lamentationes (6) pro hebdomada sancta, for soloists & chorus ("Lamentationes Jeremiæ prophetæ"), ZW
  • Performer: Daniel Johannsen
  • Conductor: Jana Semeradova
  • Notes: Church of the Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague (2014-05-21&2014-05-22&2014-)
  • Running Time: 60 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Chant, Gregorian : Lamentationis Jeremiae, lectio II
  • Conductor: Jana Semeradova
  • Notes: Church of the Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague (2014-05-21&2014-05-22&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Lamentationes (6) pro hebdomada sancta, for soloists & chorus ("Lamentationes Jeremiæ prophetæ"), ZW
  • Performer: Daniel Johannsen
  • Conductor: Jana Semeradova
  • Notes: Church of the Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague (2014-05-21&2014-05-22&2014-)
  • Running Time: 60 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Chant, Gregorian : Lamentationis Jeremiae, lectio III
  • Performer: Tomás Král
  • Conductor: Jana Semeradova
  • Notes: Church of the Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague (2014-05-21&2014-05-22&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval