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Zebrowski: Rorate Coeli, Magnificat & Missa Pastoritia / Kosendiak, Wroclaw Baroque


Release Date: 08/09/2019 
Label:  Cd Accord   Catalog #: ACD258  
Composer:  Marcin Jozef Zebrowski
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Forum Of Music ChoirWrocław Baroque OrchestraNational Forum Of Music Boys Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Magnificat, Rorate coeli and Missa Pastoritia, in the unanimous view of experts on Zebrowski’s creative contribution, are among his best works. These are cantata-type compositions, in which the liturgical text (including some parts of the Mass) has been divided into smaller sections, occasionally set by the composer almost as individual works, contrasted in terms of expression, performance forces, and even style. In the 18th century, vespers performed on Sundays and other feast-days of the Church year had greater significance than the High Mass. Consequently, the musical setting of this service of psalms and the Magnificat had to be suitably resplendent, an example of which is Zebrowski’s Magnificat in G major, comprising eleven contrasted Read more sections. Rorate coeli is the opening Introit of a votive Mass celebrated in the morning during Advent and dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary. Zebrowski’s setting has survived in a hand-written copy dated 1752, which gives an approximate time of when the work was composed. It consists of three sections: a choral intonation of the introit’s initial word, a free multi-part setting of a verse from the psalm Benedixisti Domine with a striking and energetic orchestral accompaniment, and a double fugue, stylistically more akin with classical rather than Baroque fugues, presented on the words Rorate coeli. Remigiusz Pospiech dates the composition of the Christmastide Missa Pastoritia towards the end of Zebrowski’s main stay at Jasna Gora. Its pastoral atmosphere is already detectable in the opening Kyrie. However, the second section is as lively as a krakowiak and furnished with drone-like fragments as if played by a folk band. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Rorate Coeli by Marcin Jozef Zebrowski
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Forum Of Music Choir,  Wrocław Baroque Orchestra,  National Forum Of Music Boys Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Poland 
2.
Magnificat by Marcin Jozef Zebrowski
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Forum Of Music Choir,  Wrocław Baroque Orchestra,  National Forum Of Music Boys Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Poland 
3.
Missa Pastoritia by Marcin Jozef Zebrowski
Conductor:  Andrzej Kosendiak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Forum Of Music Choir,  Wrocław Baroque Orchestra,  National Forum Of Music Boys Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Poland 

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