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Zelenka: Tenebrae Responces, Etc / Lumen Valo


Release Date: 10/24/2000 
Label:  Alba   Catalog #: 14   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lumen Valo Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although most of Zelenka's church music observes the then modern structural and harmonic language of the Baroque, the Tenebrae responsories (so named because the church remains in darkness after the service) written for Holy Week in 1723 have their roots further in the past in terms of form and partly in terms of idiom too. Zelenka's interest in sacred Renaissance polyphony is apparent not only in his acquiring the above-mentioned collection but also in the fact that apparently most of his studies with Fux focused on the old fashioned style of unaccompanied vocal polyphony. Zelenka's responsories are among the earliest works he wrote for the court church in Dresden. Zelenka's manuscript, on which this performing edition is based, clearly Read more indicates that when the responsories were performed in 1723, the choir was accompanied by both strings and brass. For this CD, a different approach has been adopted. By using eight singers and continuo, Zelenka's strong ties to Renaissance polyphony are highlighted. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Responsoria pro Hebdomada Sancta: Maundy Thursday by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lumen Valo Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; Dresden, Germany 
2.
Responsoria pro Hebdomada Sancta: Good Friday by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lumen Valo Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; Dresden, Germany 
3.
Responsoria pro Hebdomada Sancta: Holy Saturday by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lumen Valo Vocal Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; Dresden, Germany 

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