|In December, Collegium 1704 and Václav Luks have prepared a set of concerts that awaken a huge audience interest. On 6th December the Advent concert in Břevnov monastery will take place: being sold out since summer! It will be followed by Christmas concerts in the Rudolfinum with Czech modern premiere of Zelenka's Missa Divi Xaverii and Bach's Magnificat. The concert will be perfomed twice on 15th and 16th December.
The series will end with New Year's Eve concert in the Church of St. Simon and Jude and New Year's concert in Annekirche, Dresden with Handel's Dixit Dominus, that are usually sold out, too.
|"Liquid gold that flows around any intricate ornament": that is a description of the voice and skill of Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin, who was headlining the November concert cycle Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum. Thanks to her temperament and unique vocal abilities, she was an ideal guide to the world of operatic rivals and the most famous sopranos of Handel's day.
|"Maximum effect, minimum means – a delicate interpretation of the stunning Stabat Mater for 4 voices, by F. I. Tůma..."
The last launched CD
of Collegium Vocale 1704 and Collegium 1704 with works by J. D. Zelenka
and F. I. Tůma
was awarded a prestigious Diapason d'Or
accolade in November issue of Diapason Magazine. The Diapason d'Or is a recommendation of outstanding (mostly) classical music recordings given by reviewers of Diapason magazine in France.
We are very happy for such an honour. Thank you!
|American countertenor, Bejun Mehta, returned to Prague.
With a new name but with the same star constellation, Bejun launched the third annual concert series Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum, which had been both critics and audiences for the short period of its existence dubbed one of the major cultural events of the season. A concert on October 21 at the Rudolfinum brought Bejun, "best countertenor present" (according to Süddeutsche Zeitung), back to Prague. His calendar items in recent months include the best known opera and concert stage. Bejun Mehta had bewitched Prague audience three years ago at the National Theatre with his first concert with Collegium 1704 under Václav Luks, which started inspiring cooperation: Collegium 1704 made in the Baroque theater in Czech Krumlov film with Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice , that was awarded the "DVD -September" and "Editor 's Choice" by Gramophone magazine and "IRR Outstanding" British International Record Review".
"I like working with Collegium 1704 and Václav. Besides the fact that they are first-class musicians, it is also a group of exceptionally cordial people. And it has the most positive impact that music ... joy!", says Bejun Mehta .