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Zelenka's Sonatas on the new CD of Collegium 1704

trio sonatas cdThe new CD of Collegium 1704 with Sonatas ZWV 181 by Jan Dismas Zelenka is here! The CD recorded during last year will be officially released in May 2017. However, the audience of Collegium 1704 had an exclusive possibility to buy the CD during concerts held in 6 & 7 April 2017 in the Rudolfinum in Prague and in 8 April 2017 in Annenkirche in Dresden. 

The last complete recording of all six sonatas on historical instruments was made over twenty years ago (Ensemble Zefiro, 1993), so the new recording by Collegium 1704 is eagerly anticipated.

The collection of six sonatas by Jan Dismas Zelenka is composed – with the exception of the sonata no. 3 that employ the violin – for a pair of oboes, bassoon, and basso continuo. In the context of Baroque chamber music, this represents a true rarity. Here, Zelenka elevates the sonata da camera to a genre of enormous technical difficulty for the performers, making especially great demands on the wind players, and the composer confronts his listeners with a most intimately personal statement. Zelenka’s sonatas are exceptional works in the repertoire of Baroque chamber music, but because of their great difficulty, they appear only occasionally on concert programmes. Recordings of these sonatas are equally rare.

The recording project has been supported by many of you via the Indiegogo campaign as well as individually. We send sincere thanks to all the supporters!

The CD is available to purchase via Collegium 1704 websites in the section E-SHOP.


Jan Dismas Zelenka
Sonatas ZWV 181
a 2 oboi, fagotto e 2 bassi obligati

Collegium 1704

Xenia Löffler, Michael Bosch — oboe
Jane Gower — bassoon
Helena Zemanová — violin
Luděk Braný — double bass 
Shizuko Noiri — lute
Václav Luks — harpsichord

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