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Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Officium defunctorum and Requiem in D after Augustus II the Strong / modern premieres

Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Officium defunctorum and Requiem in D after Augustus II the Strong / modern premieres

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zelenka_officium_400♦ Audio CD: Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice & Disc of the Month June 2011

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"Václav Luks directs the Officium defunctorum with ample dramatic energy; Collegium 1704’s players and choir perform with lyricism and precision. The extraordinary invitatory sequence has some astonishing dramatic gestures in its orchestral ritornellos, and alto Markéta Cukrová and the excellent choir interleave fluently. (...) A fabulous masterpiece is unveiled."
(David Vickers, Gramophone 4/2011)


Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART — Mass in C Minor KV 427

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART — Mass in C Minor KV 427

Collegium 1704 & Dresdner Kammerchor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Mass in C Minor KV 427


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Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks – conductor

Collegium 1704
strings: 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2
1 flute, 2 oboes, 2 bassoona, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, organ
(33 musicians)
 
Dresdner Kammerchor
SATB (30 singers)
Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL – La Resurrezione

Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL – La Resurrezione

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759)
La Resurrezione HWV 47 
oratorio (1708)



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La resurrezione (HWV 47) is a sacred oratorio by George Frideric Handel, set to a libretto by Carlo Sigismondo Capece (1652–1728). It was first performed on the Easter Sunday of 1708 at Rome. The work details the events between – and during – Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Programme:

Georg Friedrich Händel: La Resurrezione HWV 47, oratorio (1708)


Collegium 1704
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
2 flutes – 2 oboes – bassoon
2 trumpets – theorba – organ – harpsichord

Collegium Vocale 1704
16 ev. 8 singers


Maddalena, Angelo – soprano
Cleofe – alto
San Giovanni – tenor
Lucifero – bass


Václav Luks – conductor, harpsichord

 

Duration: 2 h
Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Missa votiva

Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Missa votiva

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Missa_Votiva_cover_2e♦ Audio CD
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"...truly passionate version based on the exceptional cohesion between the choir, orchestra and soloists, unified in the same will to be in service of this galvanizing music. (...) Soloists seem to be in perfect harmony with the composition. This is, without question, the leading recording and reference not only in the field of Zelenka music."
(R9 de Classica-Répertoire, Jean-Noël Coucoureux, IX/2008)

"...It was the most excellent concert that we could hear at the Festival de Sablé in 2007. (...) interprets were prodigious..." (www.classiquenews.com, 2007, Festival de Sablé)

Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL – Rinaldo

Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL – Rinaldo

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759)
Rinaldo HWV 7
opera seria in 3 acts on libretto by Giacomo Rossi after Aron Hill
story after Liberated Jerusalem by Torquato Tasso


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Premiere: 4th April 2009, National Theatre in Prague
Other performances: Opera Royal de Versailles, January 2011

Collegium 1704 orchestra
Václav Luks conductor
Louise Moaty stage director

Julia Gros de Gasquet director assistant
Adeline Caron stage design
Alain Blanchot costumes
Christophe Naillet light design
Françoise Denieau choreography
Mathilde Benmoussa make-up

Diana Moore / Mariana Rewerski* Rinaldo (mezzosoprano)
Kateřina Knězíková* / Yeree Suh* Almirena (soprano)
Stanislava Jirků Goffredo (mezzo-soprano)
Adam Plachetka / Tobias Berndt Argante (bass-baritone)
Marie Fajtová Armida (soprano)
Markéta Cukrová Eustazio (mezzosoprano)
David Nykl / Jan Martiník* Mago, Araldo (baritone)
Stanislava Mihalcová Sirena, Donna (soprano)
Andrea Brožáková Sirena (soprano)
* first cast, performances in 2009-2010 (Prague, France, Luxembourg)

ballet dancers:
Andrea Miltnerová, Romana Konrádová, Viktor Badinka, Jan Březina, Germans Filipovs 
a Petr Kříž

Co-producers:
National Theatre in Prague, Théâtre de Caen, Opéra de Rennes and Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg

Premiere:
4th April 2009, National Theatre in Prague

Cast:

scenic performance: 9 singers, 6 dancers, 35 musicians

scenic performance in total: 50 artists + conductor + production (52) + scenic team

concert performance: 9 singers, 35 musicians

concert performance in total: 44 artists + conductor + production (46)


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Josef MYSLIVEČEK – L'Olimpiade

Josef MYSLIVEČEK – L'Olimpiade

L'Olimpiade (1778)
opera seria in three acts on libretto by Pietro Metastasio

Premiere: 30 April 2013, National Theatre in Prague (Estate Theater)


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The opera was first performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples on 4 November 1778, the name day of king Charles III of Spain, the former ruler of the Kingdom of Naples whose birthday and name day were still celebrated with operatic productions under the rule of his son Ferdinand. It is unquesti-onably one of the finest settings of this Metastasian libretto ever produced. Contemporary music criticism praised in particular the composer's setting of the aria "Se cerca, se dice" as sung by Luigi Marchesi, a close friend and professional collaborator of the composer.

Clistene, king of Sicyon – tenor
Aristea, his daughter, beloved of Megacle – soprano
Megacle, in love with Aristea, friend of Licida soprano
Licida, believed to be the son of the king of Crete, in love with Aristea, friend of Megacle – mezzo-soprano
Argene, a Cretan lady dressed as a shepherdess under the name of Licori, in love with Licida – soprano   
Aminta, tutor of Licida    – tenor
Alcandro, confidant of Clistene    – soprano (breeches role)

Coproduction:
National Theatre in Prague (CR), théâtre de CaenOpéra de Dijon (FR) & Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg (LU)

Josef HAYDN & Jiří Antonín BENDA – Ariane à Naxos

Josef HAYDN & Jiří Antonín BENDA – Ariane à Naxos

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Symphonie Le Matin, Cantate Ariane à Naxos for soprano & orchestra
Jiří Antonín Benda (1722–1795)
Ariane à Naxos (1775) melodrama on text by Johann Christian Brandes


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Louise Moaty – Adriana
Benjamin Lazar – Theseus
Alexandra Rübner – Oreada
Louise Moaty & Benjamin Lazar – stage directors
Collegium 1704, Václav Luks – conductor

Collegium 1704
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
2 flute – 2 oboes – 2 bassoons
2 horns – harpsichord

Duration:
1 h 15 min
Claudio MONTEVERDI – Vespro della Beata Vergine

Claudio MONTEVERDI – Vespro della Beata Vergine

Claudio Monteverdi
Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)


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"Vespro della Beata Vergine da concerto, composta sopra canti fermi" (1610) are often regarded as the greatest Monteverdi's work ever. The Vespers is monumental in scale, and requires a choir large enough and skillful enough to cover up to 10 vocal parts in some movements and split into separate choirs in others while accompanying seven different soloists during the course of the piece.

Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks – conductor

Programme:
Claudio Monteverdi – Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers for the Blessed Virgin) (1610)
Deus in adjutorium meum intende
Dixit Dominus (psaume 109)
Nigra sum (motet)
Laudate pueri (psaume 112)
Pulchra es (motet)
Laetatus sum (psaume 121)
Duo seraphim (motet)
Nisi Dominus (psaume 126)
Audi coelum (motet)
Lauda Jerusalem (psaume 147)
Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis (sonata sopra)
Ave maris stella (hymne)
Magnificat

Collegium 1704
6 strings – 3 cornets – 3 trombones
2 lutes – harp – organ

Collegium Vocale 1704
S – A – T – B

Duration:
1 h 30 min.
Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Missa Omnium Sanctorum

Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Missa Omnium Sanctorum

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745)

Missa Omnium Sanctorum ZWV 21
(1741)


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From the six "Missae ultimae"
the last Zelenka's mass


Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale, soloists from the choir
Václav Luks – conductor
 

Collegium 1704

5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1,

2 oboes, 2 bassoons, organ

(20 musicians)


Collegium Vocale 1704

SATB 5 – 4 – 4 – 4

(17 singers)

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