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Zelenka: Missa Dei Patris, Psalms & Capriccio's

Missa Dei Patris
Capriccio No. 2 in G major, ZWV 183
Laudate pueri in D major, ZWV81
Capriccio No. 5 in G major, ZWV 190
Confitebor tibi Domine in C minor, ZWV 71
Capriccio No. 4 in A major, ZWV185

Peter Schreier (tenor), Olaf Bär (baritone), René Jacobs (alto) & Ludwig Güttler (corno da caccia, trumpet & conductor)
Thüringischer Akademischer Singkreis & Virtuosi Saxoniae

“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 & forward-looking composer, & 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 & 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 & profoundly expressive choral writing, and characterised by a unique blend of melancholy & ecstatic fervour. The second disc in this set includes three of Zelenka’s virtuosic & 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 & the Virtuosi Saxoniae – an ensemble comprising some of the finest musicians from the Dresden Staatskapelle – under the baton of their founder, Ludwig Güttler.

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