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Kozeluch: Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II / Stilec, Prague Symphony


Release Date: 04/13/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573787  
Composer:  Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Performer:  Josef MoravecFilip DvořákTomáš KořínekKristýna Vylíčilová
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony OrchestraMartinu Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album is the second release in the Naxos Czech Music Masters from Vienna series, and features the world premiere recording of Kozeluch’s magnificent coronation cantata. The coronation of Leopold II in Prague in 1791 came at a difficult time for European monarchs, although Leopold himself enjoyed a reputation as an enlightened ruler. Two musical works were commissioned for the occasion: Mozart’s opera ‘La clemenza di Tito’ and Kozeluch’s cantata ‘Heil dem Monarchen.’ The cantata, by turns celebratory, serene and darkly dramatic, was well-received and enhanced Kozeluch’s reputation in royal circles. It almost certainly played a part in his appointment in 1792 to the court of Leopold’s son and successor, the last Holy Roman Emperor Franz Read more II. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II, P. XIX:6 "Heil dem Monarchen" by Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Performer:  Josef Moravec (Tenor), Filip Dvořák (Harpsichord), Tomáš Kořínek (Tenor),
Kristýna Vylíčilová (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra,  Martinu Voices
Period: Classical 
Written: Bohemia 

Customer Reviews

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 Well-crafted Masonic music May 8, 2020 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Kozeluch, like Mozart, was a Freemason and wrote music for the Order. Kozeluch's contribution was a melodrama, Joseph der Menschheit Segen (Joseph, Mankind’s Blessing). Melodrama simply meant a blend of music and spoken word. As in Mozart's "The Magic Flute," the work is laden with Masonic symbolism. It's in everything from the keys, to the meter, to the shape of the melodies. And yet it works as music even for those not steeped in the Craft. Take away the melodrama (spoken text), and you have a very good secular cantata, with interesting choral set pieces and some lovely soprano arias. Also included is a Missa in C major. It's a relatively simple yet beautifully written mass. The transparency of the score reminded me of Mozart. Two solo arias for soprano round out the release. Simona Eisinger sang with a clear, pure soprano. Her voice had a natural warmth to it that remained even in the upper register. I enjoyed her performances very much. I can't say the same for the Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri. I auditioned this release through headphones, and the choir seemed a little too spread out in the mix -- but that could be a recording issue. In any event, the choir's individual voices didn't seem to blend very well. And there were also some serious intonation issues. I also heard some imprecise entrances, which further detracted from my enjoyment of the music. Because of that, I have to give a qualified recommendation. On the plus side are the music itself and Eisinger's singing. On the minus side, everyone else's singing." Report Abuse
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