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Zelenka: Lamentations of Prophet Jeremiah / Shaw, Meens

Album Summary

>Zelenka, Jan Dismas : Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae, ZWV 53
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer


Essential Zelenka
For anyone who loves devotional music of the Bach period (Zelenka preceded him by only six years), any decent performance of Zelenka's religious works is essential listening. This rendition is more than merely decent. The Begynhof Academia of Utrecht has the full measure of this music, playing --and singing -- it on the intimate scale which it deserves. Note that it is soloistic, not choral. A word about Zelenka's style. As with any first-rate composer of the era who hailed from the German-speaking sphere (Zelenka was Bohemian by birth), a certain intensity and no-nonsense contrapuntal rigorousness is a given. However, his years at the court of Dresden (a crossroads of national styles, where even Vivaldi appeared) make their mark with an element of strong lyric appeal -- even in this meditative music for Holy Week services. Those who love Couperin's Lecons de Tenebris will not be disappointed. Don't, however, look for the somewhat airless, manic (but intriguing!) compression in Zelenka's better-known work, the trio sonatas for oboe and bassoon. This is not the work's most recent recording (it dates from 2000) but any addition to the slowly growing Zelenka discography is to be treasured.
Submitted on 07/06/11 by LuteLover 
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>Zelenka, Jan Dismas : Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae, ZWV 53
  • Performers: Ulla Groenewold (Alto); Hein Meens (Tenor); Max van Egmond (Bass)
  • Conductor: Roderick Shaw
  • Ensemble: Begynhof Academy
  • Running Time: 62 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1722
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio