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Ryba: Czech Christmas Mass / Pesek, Dvorák Chamber Orchestra

Ryba / Dvorak Chamber Orchestra / Pesek
Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 7013  
Composer:  Jan Jakub Ryba
Performer:  Marie MrázováJitka SobehartovaVladimir DolezalRichard Novák
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dvorák Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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JAKUB JAN RYBA (1765 - 1815): Czech Christmas Mass

Jitka Sobehartová; Marie Mrázová; Vladimír Doležal; Richard Novák
Dvorák Chamber Orchestra/Libor Pešek, conductor
Directed by Jan Bonaventura

I. Christmas Songs from the Krkonoše Region
II. Christmas Songs from the Hussite Era
III. Christmas Pastorale

Eva Marková; Gabriela Krcková; Jarmila Miháliková; Lubomír Vraspír; Jaroslav Krcek; Jirí Pospíšil
Female Chorus Iuventus Paedagogica; Prague Brass Quintet
Musica Bohemica/Jaroslav Krcek

NTSC All Region
Read more Ratio: 4:3
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Duration: Approx. 79 mins.
Subtitles: Czech, English, German & French

A special place is occupied in Czech musical history by village teachers and choirmasters, who particularly in the 18th century, also made their name as composers. Undoubtedly, the most pronounced personality among them was Jakub Jan Ryba who, like many of his colleagues, wrote a number of compositions for the Christmas season. However, he stands unique among them as the author of a Christmas Mass with a Czech text. It combines folk traditions and the musicality of the Czech village people, with spontaneous joy and spiritually pure ingenuousness.The atmosphere of the time of its origin is evoked by its reconstruction and performance in period costumes in the Rožmitál church where Ryba conducted his Mass. The spirit of the Christmas season is furthered by sequence shots of the Trebechovice Nativity Scene, dating from the second half of the 19th century, whose more than 200 moving figures were produced by rural wood carvers. The atmosphere of the Christmas season in Bohemia on DVD.
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Works on This Recording

Czech Christmas Mass by Jan Jakub Ryba
Performer:  Marie Mrázová (Alto), Jitka Sobehartova (Soprano), Vladimir Dolezal (Tenor),
Richard Novák (Bass)
Conductor:  Libor Pesek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dvorák Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Czech Republic 

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 Beautiful and wonderfull music December 14, 2012 By R.  Jenson (Phoenix, AZ) See All My Reviews "I purchased this DVD last year thinking that it was a CD - it exceeded my expectations (to use the trite phrase). The music is wonderful, and the camera work around the church was well done. The orchestra and singers are in period costume, the singers filing in as the music starts. All the mechanical devices and woodcarvings around the church add to the wonder and meaning of the service. This is sung in Czech, with translations in English, German, and French in the enclosed booklet. After the Mass, there are Christmas Carols from the same time period composed by Ryba. A most joyful and uplifting musical experience!" Report Abuse
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