prague baroque orchestra & vocal ensemble               
Collegium Vocale 1704


Collegium_Vocale_1704_eThe Prague baroque orchestra Collegium 1704 and vocal ensemble Collegium Vocale 1704 were founded by harpsichordist and conductor Václav Luks in 2005 on the occasion
of the BACH – PRAHA – 2005 project. This marked the beginning of their regular collaboration with the Prague Spring International Music Festival.


Since 2007 Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 have been residential ensembles
of the Saint Wenceslas Music Festival in Ostrava. The year 2007 was dedicated to the composer Jan Dismas Zelenka and his Missa votiva for which the ensembles received
critical acclaim at La Chaise-Dieu and Sablé festivals in France. Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 are also frequent guests of festivals such as the Festival de Musique de Sully & du Loiret, Festival Baroque de Pontoise, Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay.


Since the autumn 2008,both ensembles have regularly returned to Dresden, where, concurrently with Prague, they present their concert cycle Music Bridge Prague — Dresden, which continues on the rich cultural tradition of both cities, focussing primarily on the locally active composer, Jan Dismas Zelenka, his contemporaries and his predecessors.


Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 celebrated the year of Handel in 2009 with repeated performances of his oratorio
La Resurrezione
(The Resurrection) and the opera Rinaldo (director Louise Moaty).  Rinaldo conquered the hearts of audiences in the National Theater in Prague, Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg, Opéra de Rennes and Théâtre de Caen, where it was recorded and broadcast on TV France 3. In January 2011 Rinaldo will be performed in the Opéra Royal de Versailles. It was acclaimed
"the most beautiful preformances od 2010 " (Radio France, Gérard Courchelle).


Concerts of both “Collegium” are often broadcast live as well as recorded by radio stations in the Czech Republic, France and Germany and also by Czech Television and French TV Mezzo. Their recordings for Arta records (Benda), Supraphon (Zelenka, Reichenauer), Zig-Zag Territoires (Zelenka) and Accent (Zelenka) have been favourably received in Europe and further afield.














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