Notes & Reviews:
Precious few countries can boast of a Christmas repertoire as ample and colourful as that possessed by the Czech Republic. The Baroque era imbued the texts of songs with enchanting, tender poetics – with awestruck yet perplexed shepherds enthusing about the beautiful infant Jesus. Later on, a growing number of formally more complex pieces (pastorales) were written, most of them taking the form of arias or duets with instrumental accompaniment. A notable composer in this respect was Josef Antonín Sehling. Although still anchored in the Baroque world, he paved the way for the accession of a new musical style. He studied in Vienna and subsequently worked in Prague as a member of Count Václav Morzin’s renowned orchestra and as second violin at Saint Vitus Cathedral, although standing in as Kapellmeister over the long term (an interesting parallel can be drawn with Zelenka, the “counter-bassist” at the court orchestra in Dresden). Sehling was Kapellmeister of several Prague churches, including the Church of Our Lady under the Chain, where the present world premiere recording was made. The album features pieces intended for the period from Advent to Epiphany. Sehling’s music contains the magic of Michna’s songs yet concurrently opens upon a world familiar from Ryba’s Christmas Mass... Josef Antonín Sehling – Christmas music from the churches of Baroque Prague.
The performers are absolutely perfect. Colllegium Marianum has been performing music from this period on original instruments for about 15 years, and they continue their high standards. All in all, for anyone interested in music from the middle of the 18th century, this is a must have.
Submitted on 12/09/14 by Catriel
Fauré: Piano Trio, Op. 120; Saint-Saens: Piano Trio, Op. 18; D'Indy: Piano Trio, Op. 98 / Horszowski Trio
Johann Baptist Vanhal (1739-1813): Four String Quartets / Lotus String Quartet
Johann Friedrich Agricola (1720-1774): Die Hirten bei der Krippe - Christmas Cantatas / Berit Solset, soprano; Myriam Arbouz, alto; Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Matthias Vieweg, bass
Aquilones - Choral Works from the Middle Ages to Today / Trio Mediaeval
Michael Haydn: Complete Wind Concertos, Vol. 2 / Salzburger Hofmusik; Brunner
Works for woodwind quintet & piano by Barber, Beethoven, Poulenc, R. Strauss & Connesson / Berlin Counterpoint
Louise Farrenc (1804-1875): Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2, Opp. 30-31 / Quintetto Bottesini
Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739): Pomona, opera / Hirsch, Harer, sopranos; O. Vermeulen, mz.; Podger, Schoch, tenors; Spogis, Gottschick, bar; Capella Orlandi Bremen; Ihlenfeldt
Bartolomeo Campagnoli (1751-1827): Six String Quartets / Ensemble Symposium; Simone Laghi