Zelenka: Missa Dei Patris, Psalms & Capriccio's

Zelenka: Missa Dei Patris, Psalms & Capriccio's
Composer Jan Dismas Zelenka
Artist Peter Schreier tenor
Venceslava Hruba-Freiberger soprano
René Jacobs alto
Thüringischer Akademischer Singkreis
Virtuosi Saxoniae
Ludwig Güttler conductor, trumpet & corno da caccia
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94691
EAN code 5028421946917
Release September 2013

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“Zelenka was one of Bach’s and Telemann’s most musically colourful contemporaries.” (Gramophone)

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745) is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of Baroque music. Very little is known of his early years, where he studied and who taught him. Born in a village to the south of Prague, he later travelled to Dresden where he joined the court of the Elector of Saxony, Friedrich August I. His position at the court was a lowly one, but he nonetheless composed many works there and his output of church music was particularly prolific.

Zelenka was an astonishingly original and forward-looking composer, and his late Masses such as the Missa Dei Patris are a real departure from what we might see as ‘typical’ Baroque choral music, showing the influence of Italian opera and elements of the emerging style galant. Written for small forces but nevertheless conceived on a large scale, the Missa Dei Patris is full of beautiful melodies and profoundly expressive choral writing, and characterised by a unique blend of melancholy and ecstatic fervour. The second disc in this set includes three of Zelenka’s virtuosic and formally innovative Capriccios, and two of the Psalm settings that he composed for Vesper services at the Dresden court.

The works are heard here in definitive performances featuring renowned singers such as René Jacobs, Peter Schreier and Olaf Bär and the Virtuosi Saxoniae – an ensemble comprising some of the finest musicians from the Dresden Staatskapelle – under the baton of their founder, Ludwig Güttler.


Other information:
- Recorded between 1986 and 1994 at the Lukaskirche in Dresden.
- The works of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) are gaining rapidly in public recognition and admiration. His works, especially his later choral compositions, are so startlingly original, personal and full of emotional expression, that he is sometimes called The Bohemian Bach.
- This 2-CD set contains three large-scale sacred works and three Capriccios, instrumental suites of great virtuosity and brilliance.
- Beautiful performances by the early music band Virtuosi Saxoniae conducted by Ludwig Güttler, and famous soloists René Jacobs, Olaf Bär and Peter Schreier.
- Contains booklet notes and sung texts with English translations.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Kyrie: Kyrie eleison I (chorus)
  2. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Kyrie: Christe eleison (soprano, alto, bass)
  3. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Kyrie: Kyrie eleison II (chorus)
  4. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo (chorus)
  5. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Gloria: Domine Deus (soprano, alto, chorus)
  6. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Gloria: Domine Fili (alto)
  7. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Gloria: Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (chorus)
  8. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Gloria: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus (soprano, tenor, bass)
  9. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Gloria: Cum Sancto Spiritu (chorus)
  10. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Credo: Credo in unum Deum (soprano, alto, chorus)
  11. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Credo: Et incarnatus est (chorus)
  12. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Credo: Crucifixus (chorus)
  13. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Credo: Et resurrexit (soprano, alto, tenor, bass, chorus)
  14. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Credo: Et vitam venturi saeculi (chorus)
  15. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Sanctus: Sanctus – Pleni sunt coeli – Osanna (chorus)
  16. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Sanctus: Benedictus (bass)
  17. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Sanctus: Osanna (chorus)
  18. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei I (alto)
  19. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei II (chorus)
  20. Missa Dei Patris, ZWV 19, Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem (chorus)

Disk 2

  1. Capriccio in G Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 183: I. Allegro
  2. Capriccio in G Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 183: II. Canarie. Alternativement avec l’air
  3. Capriccio in G Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 183: III. Gavotte
  4. Capriccio in G Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 183: IV. Rondeau
  5. Capriccio in G Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 183: V. Minuetto – Trio
  6. Laudate pueri in D Major for Tenor, Trumpet, Strings and B.C., ZWV 81: I. Laudate pueri [Cadenza: Ludwig Güttler]
  7. Laudate pueri in D Major for Tenor, Trumpet, Strings and B.C., ZWV 81: II. Qui sicut Dominus
  8. Laudate pueri in D Major for Tenor, Trumpet, Strings and B.C., ZWV 81: III. Amen
  9. Capriccio in G Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 190: I. Allegro
  10. Capriccio in G Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 190: II. Minuetto I & II
  11. Capriccio in G Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 190: III. ‘Il contento’ – Trio
  12. Capriccio in G Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 190: IV. ‘Il furibondo’. Presto assai
  13. Capriccio in G Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 190: V. Villanella I & II
  14. Confitebor tibi Domine in C Minor for Bass, Strings and B.C., ZWV 71: I. Confitebor tibi Domine
  15. Confitebor tibi Domine in C Minor for Bass, Strings and B.C., ZWV 71: II. Memoriam fecit
  16. Capriccio in A Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 185: I. Allegro assai
  17. Capriccio in A Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 185: II. Adagio
  18. Capriccio in A Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 185: III. Aria I. Allegro assai alternativamente – Aria II. Andante
  19. Capriccio in A Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 185: IV. En tempo de canarie
  20. Capriccio in A Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 185: V. Menuet I – Menuet II
  21. Capriccio in A Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 185: VI. Andante
  22. Capriccio in A Major for Two Corni da Caccia, Two Oboes, Strings, Bassoon and B.C., ZWV 185: VII. Paysan I – Paysan II. Canon in unisono