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Music From Eighteenth Century Prague: Josef Antonin Sehling - Christmas In Prague Cathedral

Sehling / Fux / Semeradova
Release Date: 11/11/2014 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 41742   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Josef Antonín SehlingJohann Joseph Fux
Performer:  Tomas KralMarta FadljevičováVáclav ČížekHana Blažíková,   ... 
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Precious few countries can boast of a Christmas repertoire as ample and colourful as that possessed by the Czech Republic. The Baroque era imbued the texts of songs with enchanting, tender poetics, with awestruck yet perplexed shepherds enthusing about the beautiful infant Jesus. Later, a growing number of formally more complex pieces (pastorales) were written, most of them taking the form of arias or duets with instrumental accompaniment. A notable composer in this respect was Josef Antonín Sehling. Although still anchored in the Baroque world, he paved the way for the accession of a new musical style. He studied in Vienna and subsequently worked in Prague as a member of Count Václav Morzin’s renowned orchestra and as second Read more violin at Saint Vitus Cathedral, although standing in as Kapellmeister over the long term (an interesting parallel can be drawn with Zelenka, the “counter-bassist” at the court orchestra in Dresden). Sehling was Kapellmeister of several Prague churches, including the Church of Our Lady under the Chain, where the present world premiere recording was made. The album features pieces intended for the period from Advent to Epiphany. Sehling’s music contains the magic of Michna’s songs yet concurrently opens upon a world familiar from Ryba’s Christmas Mass. - Collegium Marianum Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rorate Primo by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
2.
Aria per Adventu Domini: Donner und Hagel by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
3.
Rorate Secondo by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
4.
Mottetto per la Nativitŕ di Nostro Signore: Deponite metum by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
Notes: 
I. Chorus "Deponite metum"
II. Recitativo "In Betlehem", Aria "Qui sidera movet"
III. Chorus "Alleluja" 
5.
Duetto: Vis ingens est favori by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
6.
Mottetto per la Nativitŕ di Nostro Signore: Dormi nate, mi mellite by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
7.
Sonata pastorale ŕ tre, KV 397 by Johann Joseph Fux
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
8.
Pastorella: Eja, laeti properemus by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
9.
Pastorella: Eja, surgite pastores by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
10.
Pastorella: Non sic cervus ad fluentem by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
11.
Aria per ogni festivitŕ: Vos stellae preclarae by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
12.
Pastorella: Dormi, tenellule by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
13.
Offertorium de Sanctis Tribus Regis: Ecce magi veniunt by Josef Antonín Sehling
Performer:  Tomas Kral (Baritone), Marta Fadljevičová (Alto), Václav Čížek (Tenor),
Hana Blažíková (Soprano), Markéta Cukrová (Alto), Jaromir Nosek (Bass)
Conductor:  Jana Semerádová
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Marianum
Notes: 
I. "Ecce magi veniunt"
II. Recitativo "Venite adoremus", Arioso "Ego Casparus"
III. Chorus "Psallite Deo nostro" 

Customer Reviews

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 Wonderful, joyous music December 9, 2014 By Catriel B. (Toronto, ON) See All My Reviews "This disc comes as a wonderful surprise. As a musicologist, I had never heard the name of Josef Antonin Sehling, but now – pleased to meet you! This CD is a joyous collection of some of his works for Christmas, mostly vocal. Sehling died the same year that Mozart was born, and writes in an early Classical style, similar to Galuppi, Hasse, and Jomelli – but he is no imitator. He has his own style, and writes very melodic and strikingly original music. There’s not a single dull moment on the whole disc. The piece “Dormi Nate”, the longest selection here, is beyond beautiful – it’s a pastorale in a rolling six-eight time, like a lullaby. Many composers wrote instrumental pastorales for Christmas, but Sehling writes his for two soprano voices – achingly beautiful. It’s the highlight of this CD – but that’s not to downgrade the quality of the rest of the music here. The performers are absolutely perfect. Colllegium Marianum has been performing music from this period on original instruments for about 15 years, and they continue their high standards. All in all, for anyone interested in music from the middle of the 18th century, this is a must have." Report Abuse
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