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Eternal source of light divine – Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL, Henry PURCELL
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Eternal source of light divine


Henry Purcell (1659–1695)
Anthem "Hear my prayer, O Lord" Z 15
Anthem "Remember not, O Lord, our offences" Z 50
Anthem "The Lord is my light" Z 55

 

Georg Friedrich Händel – Dixit Dominus HWV 23

(or Henry Purcell – Te Deum in D Z 232)

 

Georg Friedrich Händel

Eternal source of light divine HWV 74, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (1713/14)

 

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Les Elemens: Jean-Féry REBEL, Jan Dismas ZELENKA, Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL
Raffaella Milanesi

Raffaella Milanesi & Václav Luks

Les Elemens

Jean-Féry Rebel – Les Élémens
Jan Dismas Zelenka – In exitu Israel ZWV 83
Georg Friedrich Händel – Cantate Tra le Fiamme HWV 170

Georg Friedrich Händel – Cantata Donna, che in ciel di tanta luce splendi HWV 233

 

Raffaella Milanesi – soprano

Collegium Vocale 1704, Collegium 1704
Václav Luks – conductor

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Johann Sebastian BACH – Mass in B Minor
bach_mass_1_ctverecJohann Sebastian Bach
(1685–1750)


Mass in B minor BWV 232


The Mass in B minor BWV 232 (Missa solemnis toni Si minoris) is a musical setting of the complete Latin Mass which Bach composed for the Dresden court between years 1724–1749. The Mass was most probably never performed in totality during Bach's lifetime, and the work largely disappeared in the 18th century. Several performances in the early 19th century, however, sparked a revival both of the piece and the larger rediscovery of Bach's music. Today, it is widely hailed as a monumental work of the late Baroque and is frequently performed.

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Johann Sebastian BACH – Oster Oratorium
Bach_Velikonocni-oratorium_Cimabue-Crucifix_detail-1268-71-III_sqJohann Sebastian Bach
(1685 – 1750)

Oster Oratorium BWV 249

Magnificat in D, BWV 243               


Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Soloists SATB
Václav Luks – conductor

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Johann Sebastian BACH – Saint John Passion
Bach_Janovy-pasije_ilustrativniJohann Sebastian Bach
(1685–1750)


Saint John Passion 
BWV 245




Collegium 1704

Collegium Vocale 1704

Soloists
Václav Luks – conductor

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Johann Sebastian BACH – Saint Matthew Passion
Bach_Matthaus-passion_ilustracni_sqJohann Sebastian Bach
(1685–1750)


Saint Matthew Passion
BWV 244 (1727)




Collegium 1704

Collegium Vocale 1704

Soloists
Václav Luks – conductor

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Johann Sebastian BACH – The Sacred Cantatas
Bach_Duchovni-kantaty_ilustracni_sqJohann Sebastian Bach
(1685–1750)


Cantata „Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis“ BWV 21

Ouverture č. 3 D dur BWV 1068
Cantata „Der Himmel lacht, die Erde jubilieret“ BWV 31



Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks – conductor

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Johann Sebastian BACH – Magnificat in D major, Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Te Deum
Bach_Johann_Sebastian_ctverecJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Magnificat en Ré majeur BWV 243
&
Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745)
Te Deum ZWV 146




Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks – conductor

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Antonio CALDARA – Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo
CALDARA_Maddalena-ai-piedi-di-Cristo_ilustrativniAntonio Caldara
(1670–1736)

Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo
oratorio sepolcro, ca. 1700



Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Soloists
Václav Luks – conductor

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Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL – La resurrezione
Handel_Resurrezione_kristus_na_nebesa_stoupa_ilustrativni_sqGeorg 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.

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Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL – Messiah
Handel_Messiah_ilustrativni_sqGeorg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759)

Messiah HWV 56
oratorio

Messiah (HWV 56) is an English-language oratorio composed by George Frideric Händel,
and is one of the most popular works in the Western choral literature.

Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Soloists
Václav Luks – conductor

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Georg Friedrich Händel – Jephta HWV 70
Handel_Jephta_ilustrativni_sqGeorg Friedrich Händel

(1685–1759)


Jephta HWV 70 (1752)
Oratorio



Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Soloists
Václav Luks – conductor

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Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL – Il Trionfo del Tempo e Desinganno / oratorio
handel_sqGeorg Friedrich Händel
Il Trionfo del Tempo e Desinganno (1708)
oratorio


Soloists

Disinganno – alto

Piacere – soprano

Belezza – soprano

Tempo – tenor


Collegium 1704

Václav Luks – conductor

 

 

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Joseph HAYDN – Creation Oratorio
Haydn-Creation_Michelangelo_Creation_of_AdamCollegium 1704 & Dresdner Kammerchor

Joseph Haydn
Die Schöpfung Oratorium (Creation) Hob. XXI:2

Gabriel – soprano / Simona Saturova
Uriel – tenor / Eric Stoklossa
Raphaël – bass / Tobias Berndt
Adam – bass / NN
Collegium 1704
Dresdner Kammerchor
Václav Luks – conductor

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Claudio MONTEVERDI – Vespro della Beata Vergine
Monteverdi_Claudio_ctverecClaudio Monteverdi
Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)


"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

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Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART — Requiem in d K 626
mozart_requiem_score_sqThe Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composed in Vienna in 1791 and left unfinished at the composer's death. A completion by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had anonymously commissioned the piece for a requiem Mass to commemorate the February 14 anniversary of his wife's death.

It is one of the most enigmatic pieces of music ever composed, mostly because of the myths and controversies surrounding it, especially around how much of the piece was completed by Mozart before his death. The autograph manuscript shows the finished and orchestrated introit in Mozart's hand, as well as detailed sketches of the Kyrie and the sequence Dies irae as far as the first nine bars of "Lacrimosa", and the vocal parts of the offertory. It cannot be shown to what extent Süssmayr may have depended on now lost "scraps of paper" for the remainder; he later claimed the Sanctus and Agnus as his own.

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Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART — Mass in C Minor KV 427
Mozart-Wolfgang-AmadeusCollegium 1704 & Dresdner Kammerchor

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartMass in C Minor KV 427

Collegium 1704
soloists TBC
Simona Houda-Šaturová – soprano
Raffaella Milanesi – soprano
Eric Stoklossa – tenor
Tobias Berndt – bass
Dresdner Kammerchor
Václav Luks – conductor

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Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA et al. – Cantiones sacrae
Palestrina_Fux_ad_ilustrativni_sqJohann Joseph Fux (1660–1741)
Missa in fletu solatium quatuor vocum et organo K. 18 (1717)

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745)
Cantiones sacrae ZWV 220 after the Second Book of Motets by G. P. Palestrina

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525/26–1594)
Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae

Jan Dismas Zelenka: Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae

Works of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and his followers

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Musica per la settimana santa: G. B. PERGOLESI, J. D. ZELENKA
Pergolesi_Musica-per-la-settimana-santa_ilustrativniMusica per la settimana santa

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1736)
Stabat Mater

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745)
Responsoria pro Hebdomada Sancta ZWV 55

Hana Blažíková – soprano
Markéta Cukrova – alto
Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks – conductor

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Johann Christoph SCHMIDT – Les Quatre Saisons
Schmidt_ilustrativni_sqJohann Christoph Schmidt (1664–1728)


Les Quatre Saisons
&
Divertissements by Jean-Baptist de Lully, André Campra and Antione Charpentier

 

The Elector court in Dresden celebrated, in 1719, marriage of dauphin August and Marie Josephe, daughter of the Austrian Emperor. Magnificent festivities attracted aristocratic families, as well as artists from all over Europe. All entertainments turned around divertissement Les Quatre Saisons by Johann Christophe Schmidt (1664–1728), music composed in the French style that reminded glance of divertissements performed at the Royal court of Louis XIV in Versailles.

 

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Salomone ROSSI – The Songs of Salomon Ha-Shirim Asher li-Shelomo
Rossi_ShelomoShirimAsher_ilustrativni_sqHa-li-Shelomo Shirim Asher (1623)
Psalms and hymns for three and eight voices on Hebraic texts

&

instrumental piece from the collection of
Sinfonie, Gagliardi, Canzone (1607/8)



Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks – conductor

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Antonio VIVALDI – La Senna festeggiante RV 693
Vivaldi_LaSennaFesteffiante_ilustrativni_sqItalian serenatas which oscillates between cantata and opera have been composed for particular celebration of high political or social importance. They have been performed at the end of the day.

Vivaldi's La Senna Festeffiante has been created between ca. 1722 and 1725 to honor French king Louis XIV but the premiere was most probably performed in Italy. The piece has two parts and is based on alegoric text by Domenico Lalli where The Golden age, The Virtue and Seina figures.

River Seina welcomes The Virtue and The Golden Age on its bank. Those two are coming to king coronation to Versailles and all three personages then celebrate king's character – his mercy, righteousness and religiousness.

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Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Missa votiva
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)

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Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Officium defunctorum and Requiem in D after Augustus II the Strong / modern premieres
zelenka_officium_400♦ Audio CD: Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice & Disc of the Month June 2011

♣ Video



"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)


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Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Litaniae Omnium Sanctorum
Zelenka_Litaniae_titul_sqJan Dismas Zelenka
(1679–1745)


Litaniae Omnium Sanctorum
ZWV 153 (1735)


Litaniae Lauretanae Salus infirmorum
ZWV 152 (1744)




The modern premieres of Zelenka's supreme late pieces.

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Jan Dismas ZELENKA – I Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore
Zelenka_I-Penitenti-al-Sepolchro-del-Redentore_ilustrativni_sqJan Dismas Zelenka
(1679–1745)

I Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore
ZWV 63 (1736)


Oratorio I Penitent al Sepolchro del Redentore was premiered on March 30th, 1736. As one of the later Zelenka's works, it contains unique musical language, similar to Missa Votiva ZWV 18 (1739), piece of the same period.

We can hardly find anyone among his contemporaries who took advantage of string orchestra in similar way. Typical characteristic of Zelenka's pieces of this period is his ambition to experiment and to define limits of "the conceivable".

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Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Missa Omnium Sanctorum
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Jan Dismas Zelenka
(1679–1745)

 

Missa Omnium Sanctorum ZWV 21
(1741)

 

Six Messes Umtimae
the last Zelenka's mass


Collegium 1704

Collegium Vocale, soloists from the choir

Václav Luks – conductor

 

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Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Il Serpente del bronzo
Zelenka_Gesu-al-Calvario_ilustrativni_ctverecJan Dismas Zelenka
(1679–1745)

Il Serpente del bronzo ZWV 61 (1730)
oratorium



Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Soloists SAATB
Václav Luks – conductor

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Jan Dismas ZELENKA – Gesù al Calvario
Zelenka_Gesu-al-Calvario2_ilustrativni_ctverecJan Dismas Zelenka
(1679–1745)


Gesù al Calvario ZWV 62 (1735)
Oratorio



Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704
Soloists
Václav Luks – conductor

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