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Franz Xaver Richter (1709-1789): Requiem; Sinfonia con Fuga; De Profundis / Czech Ensemble Baroque; Válek

Album Summary

>Richter, Franz Xaver : Symphony no 29 in G minor
>Richter, Franz Xaver : De profundis clamavi, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Richter, Franz Xaver : Messa de Requiem, for soloists, chorus & orchestra in E flat major
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"... he sat down in an armchair, pored over for the last time the score of the mourning music he himself had composed for his funeral, and - when lightly touched by the angel of death - bowed his head and passed away." C. F. Schubart's description of the death in 1789 of the eighty-­-year-­-old F. X. Richter, Kapellmeister of the Cathédrale Notre-­-Dame in Strasbourg, may be rather romantic (two years later an almost identical story related to the last moments of W. A. Mozart), yet when looking at the clean copy of the autograph score we cannot resist the idea that the Requiem encapsulates the quintessence of his legacy. A truly extraordinary figure, standing out among the plethora of Czech composers based abroad, Richter's singular musical phraseology reflects the places where he studied and worked: contrapuntal mastery (a pupil of J. J. Fux in Vienna), elements of Neapolitan opera, the Mannheim school... He had a reputation as a guardian of the traditions of the "genuine church style" at the time when the pre-­-Classicist galant style was taking hold. How striking a similarity with the "Dresden" Zelenka!

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
The performances by all-Czech period forces are competent, well-shaped and stylish. If you are interested in the music, you'll be content with them. The church acoustic takes away much chance of making the music bite but helps create an imposing, dignified yet unclogged sound.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Supraphon has done Richter's memory proud by turning the program over to an excellent choir and an adept period orchestra presided over by a conductor who knows his business. The engineering is excellent, and a comprehensive booklet gives us notes and texts in English, German, French, and Czech. Whenever possible, I like to include a strong performance of a forgotten work on my list of the year's best releases. This could be just the ticket for 2015.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Michael's Church, Znojmo (10/10/2014-10/12/2014).



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>Richter, Franz Xaver : Symphony no 29 in G minor
  • Conductor: Roman Válek
  • Ensemble: Czech Ensemble Baroque
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Znojmo (10/10/2014-10/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: by 1760

>Richter, Franz Xaver : De profundis clamavi, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Roman Válek
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Znojmo (10/10/2014-10/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Richter, Franz Xaver : Messa de Requiem, for soloists, chorus & orchestra in E flat major
  • Conductor: Roman Válek
  • Notes: St. Michael's Church, Znojmo (10/10/2014-10/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical