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Zelenka: Missa Dei Patris, Confitebor Tibi Domine, Laudate Pueri, Capricci / Guttler

Zelenka / Virtuosi Saxoniae / Guttler
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94691   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Venceslava Hruba-FreibergerRené JacobsReinhart GinzelOlaf Bär,   ... 
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi SaxoniaeThüringen Academy Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Zelenka was one of Bach's and Telemann's most musically colourful contemporaries." (Gramophone)

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679--1745) is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of Baroque music. Very little is known of his early years, where he studied and who taught him. Born in a village to the south of Prague, he later travelled to Dresden where he joined the court of the Elector of Saxony, Friedrich August I. His position at the court was a lowly one, but he nonetheless composed many works there and his output of church music was particularly prolific.

Zelenka was an astonishingly original and forward-looking composer, and his late Masses such as the Missa Dei Patris are a real departure from
Read more what we might see as 'typical' Baroque choral music, showing the influence of Italian opera and elements of the emerging style galant. Written for small forces but nevertheless conceived on a large scale, the Missa Dei Patris is full of beautiful melodies and profoundly expressive choral writing, and characterised by a unique blend of melancholy and ecstatic fervour. The second disc in this set includes three of Zelenka's virtuosic and formally innovative Capriccios, and two of the Psalm settings that he composed for Vesper services at the Dresden court.

The works are heard here in definitive performances featuring renowned singers such as René Jacobs, Peter Schreier and Olaf Bär and the Virtuosi Saxoniae -- an ensemble comprising some of the finest musicians from the Dresden Staatskapelle -- under the baton of their founder, Ludwig Güttler.

Other information:
- Recorded between 1986 and 1994 at the Lukaskirche in Dresden.
- The works of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) are gaining rapidly in public recognition and admiration. His works, especially his later choral compositions, are so startlingly original, personal and full of emotional expression, that he is sometimes called The Bohemian Bach.
- This 2-CD set contains three large-scale sacred works and three Capriccios, instrumental suites of great virtuosity and brilliance.
- Beautiful performances by the early music band Virtuosi Saxoniae conducted by Ludwig Güttler, and famous soloists René Jacobs, Olaf Bär and Peter Schreier.
- Contains booklet notes and sung texts with English translations. Read less

Works on This Recording

Missa Dei Patris in C major, ZWV 19 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Venceslava Hruba-Freiberger (Soprano), René Jacobs (Countertenor), Reinhart Ginzel (Tenor),
Olaf Bär (Bass), Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Thüringen Academy Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1740; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  Studio Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 69 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Laudate pueri in D major, ZWV 81 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Peter Schreier (Tenor), Joachim Bischof (Cello), Werner Zeibig (Double Bass),
Hans-Peter Steger (Bassoon), Ludwig Güttler (Trumpet), Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque 
Written: Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Confitebor tibi Domine in C minor, ZWV 71 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Friedwart Dittmann (Cello), Werner Zeibig (Double Bass), Olaf Bär (Baritone),
Roland Straumer (Violin), Friedrich Kircheis (Organ)
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque 
Written: Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Capricci (5): no 2 in G major, ZWV 183 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Mathias Schmutzler (Hunting Horn), Werner Zeibig (Double Bass), Frank Sonnabend (Oboe),
Andreas Lorenz (Oboe), Roland Straumer (Violin), Heinz-Dieter Richter (Violin),
Friedrich Kircheis (Harpsichord), Günter Klier (Bassoon), Ludwig Güttler (Hunting Horn),
Friedwart Dittmann (Cello)
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1718; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 01/1994 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Capricci (5): no 5 in G major, ZWV 190 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Andreas Lorenz (Oboe), Guido Titze (Oboe), Friedrich Kircheis (Harpsichord),
Joachim Bischof (Cello), Werner Zeibig (Double Bass), Günter Klier (Bassoon),
Heinz-Dieter Richter (Violin), Roland Straumer (Violin), Kurt Sandau (Hunting Horn),
Ludwig Güttler (Hunting Horn)
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1729; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/1986 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Capricci (5): no 4 in A major, ZWV 185 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Werner Zeibig (Double Bass), Joachim Bischof (Cello), Friedrich Kircheis (Harpsichord),
Guido Titze (Oboe), Andreas Lorenz (Oboe), Ludwig Güttler (Hunting Horn),
Kurt Sandau (Hunting Horn), Günter Klier (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1718; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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 Simply magic listen to it few times every day  January 8, 2015 By andre l. (heathcote, victoria) See All My Reviews "To me Zelenka as a composer is Head and Shoulders above the rest" Report Abuse
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