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Carolus IV: Rex et Imperator (Charles IV: King and Emperor) - Music by Anonymous composers / Hana Blazikova, soprano,harp; Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, David Eben

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Plebs domini, conductus
>Anonymous : Virga Jesse floruit
>Anonymous : Sequence
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dame, je sui cilz/Fins cuers doulz
>Plainchant : In splendore, antiphon
>Anonymous : Pange lingua
>Chant, Gregorian : Homilia beati Augustini, Lectio II (for the Office of Saint Adalbert of Prague)
>Plainchant : Vibrans miles, responsory
>Plainchant : Salve mundi Domina, hymn
>Anonymous, French : Je languis d'amere mort, virelai for 3 voices
>Plainchant : Rubus incombustibilis, hymn
>Anonymous : Prima declinatio
>Anonymous : Soit tart, tempre, main ou soir
>Prag, Mülich von : Nu siht man aber beide
>Anonymous : Otep myrrhy
>Anonymous : Andeliku Rozkochany
>Anonymous : Drevo se listem odieva
>Plainchant : Lectio in festo s. Cyrilli et s. Methodii
>Plainchant : Alleluia Veselite se
>Plainchant : Letare pia Aquensis ecclesia, responsory (for the feast of St. Charlemagne)
>Anonymous : Stola Jacob
>Anonymous : Svaty Vaclave (Hymn to St. Wenceslas)
>Plainchant : Laus alme sit Trinitati, antiphon (for the feast of St. Wenceslas)
>Plainchant : Quae est ista
>Plainchant : Ecce Sigismundus, responsory (for the feast of St. Sigismundus)
>Anonymous : Ave Coronata/Alma Parens, motet
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Under the reign of Charles IV (1316-1378), Prague acquired its magical beauty. The astonishing wealth of art and architecture that originated at the time is evident at first glance, yet the King also attended to the blossoming of the city's spiritual and cultural life. While Saint Vitus Cathedral was the most prominent centre of music, variegated genres also flourished at the Prague university (Latin sacred songs and French ars nova) and at the Emmaus Monastery, founded by Charles with the aim to pursue the Slavonic liturgy. Czech songs (The Bundle of Myrrh, The Wood Clads Itself with Leaves), which linked up to the tradition of German Minnesang, were performed in Prague too. Generally known is Charles IV's reverence for saints and the attendant passion for collecting relics of holy men. The King even initiated the introduction of the Feast Day of the Holy Lance and Nails, part of whose chant repertoire is featured on this album, recorded by the renowned Schola Gregoriana Pragensis ensemble and the soprano Hana Bla˛ķkovį. The chants and polyphonic songs are supplemented by secular music, with the result being a fascinating picture of the variegated music performed during the reign of Charles IV, showing all its forms. From the cathedral, university and street: a fascinating picture of the musical life in Prague under Charles IV.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015).



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Works Details

>Anonymous : Plebs domini, conductus
  • Performers: Michal Medek (Voice); Martin Prokes (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Virga Jesse floruit
  • Performer: Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.

>Anonymous : Sequence :: Salve Virgo Singularis
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Ondrej Holub (Voice); Michal Medek (Voice); Martin Prokes (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dame, je sui cilz/Fins cuers doulz
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Hasan El-Dunia (Voice); Michal Medek (Voice); Stanislav Predota (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Plainchant : In splendore, antiphon
  • Performers: Michal Medek (Voice); Stanislav Predota (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Pange lingua
  • Performers: Ondrej Holub (Voice); Tomas Lajtkep (Voice); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Chant, Gregorian : Homilia beati Augustini, Lectio II (for the Office of Saint Adalbert of Prague)
  • Performers: Ondrej Manour (Voice); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Plainchant : Vibrans miles, responsory
  • Performers: Michal Medek (Voice); Marek Sulc (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Plainchant : Salve mundi Domina, hymn
  • Performer: Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Je languis d'amere mort, virelai for 3 voices
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Hasan El-Dunia (Voice); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1400

>Plainchant : Rubus incombustibilis, hymn
  • Performers: Tomas Lajtkep (Voice); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Prima declinatio
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Jakub Eben (Percussion); Jakub Kydlicek (Recorder); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.

>Anonymous : Soit tart, tempre, main ou soir
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Hasan El-Dunia (Voice); Ondrej Holub (Voice); Michal Medek (Voice); Marek Sulc (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Prag, Mülich von : Nu siht man aber beide
  • Performers: Michal Medek (Voice); Stanislav Predota (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous : Otep myrrhy
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.

>Anonymous : Andeliku Rozkochany
  • Performer: Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)

>Anonymous : Drevo se listem odieva
  • Performers: Michal Medek (Voice); Martin Prokes (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.

>Plainchant : Lectio in festo s. Cyrilli et s. Methodii
  • Performers: Tomas Lajtkep (Voice); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Plainchant : Alleluia Veselite se
  • Performer: Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Plainchant : Letare pia Aquensis ecclesia, responsory (for the feast of St. Charlemagne)
  • Performers: Ondrej Manour (Voice); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Stola Jacob
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Jakub Kydlicek (Recorder); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.

>Anonymous : Svaty Vaclave (Hymn to St. Wenceslas)
  • Performer: Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Plainchant : Laus alme sit Trinitati, antiphon (for the feast of St. Wenceslas)
  • Performers: Tomas Lajtkep (Voice); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Plainchant : Quae est ista
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Hasan El-Dunia (Voice); Jakub Kydlicek (Recorder); Michal Medek (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Plainchant : Ecce Sigismundus, responsory (for the feast of St. Sigismundus)
  • Performers: Michal Medek (Voice); Martin Prokes (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Ave Coronata/Alma Parens, motet
  • Performers: Hana Blazikov (Gothic Harp); Hasan El-Dunia (Voice); Jakub Kydlicek (Recorder); Michal Medek (Voice); Monika Reslerova (Recorder); Marek Sulc (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Eben
  • Ensemble: Schola Gregoriana Pragensis
  • Notes: The Church of Saint James the Greater, Zbraslav, Prague (09/21/2015-09/24/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Form: Choral