Friends,

earlier this month Vaclav Luks and Collegium 1704 performed at the Smetana Festival in Litosmysl. The exciting program included what is announced as the modern day premiere of Credo ZWV 31, which Zelenka wrote as an insert into his reworking of Caldara’s Missa Providentiae. This Credo is yet another brilliant piece from the pen of our composer, with a haunting Crucifixus and wonderful Amen fugue. Jan Stockigt dates the Credo from c.1728, the remarkably rich “Psalmi Vespertini” period, and there are certainly some echoes to those settings.

The excellent concert of Collegium 1704, which also included a beautiful Kyrie for two choirs and a Crucifixus by Caldara, in addition to a fine setting of Dixit Dominus by Galuppi, can be heard through this link:

https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de...icle_id=480250

The website of Collegium 1704 announces a string of truly mouthwatering Prague concerts in the upcoming season. As is expected, Zelenka is well represented, for example with the Miserere ZWV 56, which one hopes will be recorded for release sooner rather than later. The real highlight for me is the concert of Telemann’s Brockes Passion (1716), which is the finest setting of the famous text. The music is incredibly powerful from start to finish as heard on the fantastic 3CD recording of Nicholas McGegan on Hungaroton. So I am hoping this April 2021 concert will be broadcast at some point.

Jóhannes