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The season 2020—21 will be inaugurated by one of the most famous works in the history of music, Handel’s Messiah, and this “messianic” spirit pervades the dramaturgy of the whole concert series. The unconventional programme of the Advent concert will recreate the atmosphere of Italian Baroque Christmas and we shall celebrate the arrival of the New Year with Mozart’s Coronation Mass.


Jan Martiník as a guide on a journey through the world of timeless music

Jan Martinik photocredit Jana KaokovIn March, Collegium 1704 introduces in Prague and Dresden masterpieces of Johhan Sebastian Bach and Jan Dismas Zelenka. The orchestra will appear on stage together with Jan Martiník - one of the most crucial Czech singers of the young generation. 

Intensity of musical expression and perfection of counterpoint are characteristic features of the works of both Johann Sebastian Bach and Jan Dismas Zelenka. In spite of this, the music of these two geniuses differs greatly. Bach's music is grounded in Germany's Lutheran traditions, while Zelenka's music exhibits a Catholic ethos and Italian sensibilities, and the two contrast with each other like water and fire. Our guide on a journey through the world of timeless beauty of the two great composers' artistry will be one of the young generation of Czech vocalists — the bass Jan Martiník.


Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech republic
16. 3. 2017 – 7.30 pm
17. 3. 2017 – 7.30 pm 

Annenkirche, Dresden, Germany
18. 3. 2017 – 7.30 pm 

Jan Martiník – bass

Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks – conductor

J. D. Zelenka — Sinfonia "I penitenti al sepolcro del redentore" ZWV 63
J. D. Zelenka — Lamentationes Jeremiae prophetae I ZWV 53
J. D. Zelenka — De Profundis
W. Fr. Bach — Adagio a fuga d moll F.65
J. S. Bach — Ich habe genug BWV 82
J. D. Zelenka — Miserere in c moll ZWV 57

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