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Zelenka: Missa Omnium Sanctorum / Jais, Labarocca

Release Date: 03/15/2019 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 924103  
Number of Discs: 1 
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It is to the distinctive compositional voice of Jan Dismas Zelenka that Ruben Jais and la Barocca turn for their latest release from the Glossa label with a new recording of the Missa Omnium Sanctorum. For more than thirty years Zelenka worked as a composer and as a double-bass player at the Dresden Court, the musical establishment which – in the first half of the eighteenth century – was regarded as one of the glories of its age. Zelenka finished this mass, an expansive, dynamic multi-movement work (notably the Gloria) scored for soloists, chorus and orchestra, in 1741; by this time the composer was in his sixties, and the mass stands as one of the summations of his creative endeavours. The Milanese Ruben Jais – who has previously prepared Read more programmes of Bach and Gluck for Glossa– provides exuberant conducting for music which takes in studied chordal sections, exhilarating fugues, High Baroque flourishes as well as the dance-like tendencies of the galant style. In this musical diversity Ruben Jais is accompanied by a solo team consisting of Carlotta Colombo, Filippo Mineccia, Cyril Auvity and Lukas Zeman, but with more than important contributions being required from the choral and instrumental forces of la Barocca. Read less

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 A true Baroque masterwork July 2, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "In an ideal world, the works of Jan Dismas Zelenka would be as familiar as those of Johann Sebastian Bach, or Georg Philipp Telemann. Both were friends and colleagues of Zelenka, and both admired his work. The 1741 Missa Omnium Sanctorum is one such work. It's a major work (over 50 minutes long), and an important one. Zelenka was not only the court composer in Dresden but the official church composer as well. Zelenka, like Bach, uses the text to guide the direction of the melodies. And Zelenka is a master of counterpoint. I place his fugal choruses somewhere between Bach's and Handel's. They have the complexity of the former and the tunefulness of the latter. In fact, tunefulness could describe this entire work. Zelena's arias are quite appealing, seemingly simple in structure. The soloists are equally appealing. Tenor Cyrila Auvity sings with a rich, creamy tone. The voice of countertenor Filippo Mineccia, featured in the "Misere," has a bell-like purity that's quite beautiful. Ruben Jais delivers an interpretation that I'd call joyous. From the bouncy dance-like "Gloria" through to the exuberant "Agnus Dei," this mass was just plain fun. The ensemble and chorus are close-miked, with minimal decay. That's a good thing. It keeps the dense contrapuntal passages sounding clear, and lends an air of lightness to the music. A wonderful performance of a Baroque masterwork." Report Abuse
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