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    Default New Missa Omnium Sanctorum recording by Ensemble Inégal.

    This is to announce an upcoming recording of Zelenka's last mass, Missa Omnium Sanctorum ZWV 21, by Ensemble Inégal conducted by Adam Viktora. The supporting work will be Barbara dira effera (ZWV 164), which has not been recorded before. The recording is planned for the end of June/beginning of July.

    I am particularly excited about this because the existing recording of ZWV 21 (by Frieder Bernius on Sony) was never released internationally, is currently unavailable, and will probably never be released again.

    It looks as if Ensemble Inégal has done it again! They will release another CD with a world-première recording. But this time it will also contain the ultimate Zelenka mass.

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    Thanks Alistair, this is of course absolutely terrific news which will get the champagne flowing my quarters! The mighty Ensemble Inégal to tackle the last Mass is a mouthwatering thought. The Bernius CD is a great inspired recording which is hard to fault, but Adam and his fantastic group are so burning hot these days it promises to be something extraordinary.

    And finally we will get to hear that Barbara dira effera, which someone described as a "rage aria for the church", when Musica Antiqua Köln (MAK, RIP) performed it on their farewell tour in the US in 2006. Ever since reading Jan Stockigt's stark criticism of this work in her book, I've been dying to hear it. The leader of MAK, Reinhard Goebel, felt the same; in his opening remarks for the Pisendel conference in Dresden in 2005, he talked about Jan's book (lavishing praise on it) and how her description of Barbara dira effera made him very curious to check it out, which resulted in that he felt compelled to perform it with his band.

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    THE STORY ABOUT THE MAN WHO BECAME THE ULTIMATE COMPOSER.

    Thrilling news! Ensemble Inegal makes dreams come true! Again!
    Adam Victora is currently one of the three major Zelenka interpreters (next to Bernius and Luks). His ensemble's audacious choice to take upon themselves the responsibility to record ZWV 21 «Missa Omnium Sanctorum» must rank among the most important decisions made in the early music world in our time. Although listening to Zelenka is a rewarding experience, he is frighteningly (?) difficult to perform. But the incredible Ensemble Inegal, which has already given us so many happy moments, proves – again and again – to have both the technical and interpretative skills needed in every aspect of the performance. Instrumentalists, choruses and soloists are the perfect parts in a complex machinery which runs smoothly due to Victoria's insightful direction. Besides, there is something independent and self-made about their production process as a whole (sources, performance, recording) that is truly exceptional. Patient transcriptions from often problematic original manuscripts is the only way to bring masterpieces with no modern performance tradition back from the depths of oblivion. Ensemble Inegal & collaborators incarnate a miraculous combination of systematic, diligent studies, outstanding musicianship and courage in the face of unknown performance challenges.

    Initially the idea to record ZWV 21 together with a transformational work like the "Barbara dira effera" (ZWV 164) didn't seem obvious to me, but the project becomes more appealing the more I think about it. ZWV 164 is apparently a rare source on JDZ's supposed identity crisis around 1733: Imagine how we in this «rage aria for the church» meet Zelenka in the midst of a battle with opposing musical forces within himself, a battle from which – as we all know – he emerged victorious (e.g. ZWV 21). According to Stockigt's long analysis (pp. 229-234) of this motet, its «first movement [was] one of Zelenka's least successful compositions» (p. 230), a bombastic caricature of the surface features of his style. Interestingly, she connects her criticism with references to Talbot's similar negative judgement on the Zelenkisms in ZWV 177 (which she herself doesn't discuss). Even its title, «Il Diamante», was still unknown then, and only Ensemble Inegal's paradigmatic performance of the serenata in 2009 permitted a complete re-evaluation of its quality. What if the same is true for ZWV 164? In a year or so listeners should be able to answer this question...

    So we can certainly look forward to an interesting contextualization of the «ultimate Mass». But despite this, I cannot refrain myself from bringing to your attention one – only one – crucial detail missing from this same context: THE ANNOUNCED PROGRAM WOULD BE THE MOST NATURAL PLACE TO INCLUDE THE ONLY COMPOSITION FROM ZELENKA'S «MISSAE ULTIMAE»-PROJECT THAT HAS NEVER BEEN RECORDED AT ALL. There seems to exist agreement about its corresponding dating (c.1740), instrumentation (strings & b.c.) and successfully developed late style features: Of course I'm thinking about the alto aria «CHRISTE ELEISON», (ZWV 29), a homeless fragment in other contexts, small in size but great in quality/importance. It's apparently the last (known) still missing piece in our picture of the ultimate Zelenka. ZWV 29's limited length should make it realistic to finish relevant manuscript studies before the recording deadline in June-July, and all three works (ZWV 21, 29, 164) ought to fit into one CD. Finally I'll quote what Stockigt convincingly, and of striking importance to us, reports about ZWV 29: «(...) it is observed that the paper and format of the source correspond to those of the final Mass settings and the Litany of Loreto of 1744 (ZWV 152). It is argued that, although tempting to consider this «Christe eleison» as a movement from an incomplete «Missa ultimae», it is more likely that it was intended to replace a «Christe eleison» from one of the final masses (probably «Missa Omnium Sanctorum» of 1741, whose «Christe eleison» was taken over into «Litaniae Lauretanae `Consolatrix afflictorum´» of 1744 by Zelenka)» (p. 226, footnote 58).

    I would very much like to receive feedback from the forum members on my suggestion, as well as about Stockigt's (and many others') hypothesis regarding the aria ZWV 29. But above all I would have been infinitely grateful, if time permits, to know Ensemble Inegal's own opinion about the last remaining "Missae ultimae"-movement.
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    Talking Christe eleison (ZWV 29)

    According to Ensemble Inegal's website (www.inegal.cz), Zelenka's "Christe eleison" (Zwv 29) ends their pioneering concert program this evening after "Missa omnium sanctorum" (Zwv 21) and the motet "Barbara dira effera" (Zwv 164). This presumably means that the aria is going to be included in the subsequent recording. Zwv 29 is probably the only known part from the "Missae ultimae"- project still unrecorded, and recent research by Stockigt appears to indicate that the most convincing way to contextualize Zwv 29 would actually be in connection with a Zwv 21-recording. (See my earlier research-reminder comment above).

    These arguments seem so clear that Adam Victora & collaborators easily can have realized them indepentently. But if ideas from the Zelenka Forum somehow might have inspired the choices of the avantguarde Zelenka-interpreters of our time, however remotely and modestly, it would be no less than an enormous honour for and recognition of the Zelenka website!

    I'm very sad for having been unable to go to this revolutionary concert today. Hopefully someone luckier than me is willing to share his/ her concert experience with all unfortunate forum members...
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    Hi, l'infastidito,

    I pointed out your long entry above to Adam Viktora via his agent on 15 March. I also pointed out the electronic versions by skiaouros and G.Reuss here: http://www.jdzelenka.net/Public/ZWV%2029/

    So if ZWV 29 makes it onto the CD with ZWV 21, it's mainly thanks to you!

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    Default Re: New Missa Omnium Sanctorum recording by Ensemble Inégal.

    Thank you very much, both for the compliment an for your initiative!! Simultaneuosly, however, this idea must be seen as part of a collaborative effort, and a product of the Zelenka-Forum as such. And even then I disregard the fact that the final stage, Ensemble Inegal's performance, is by far the more important.

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    Default Re: New Missa Omnium Sanctorum recording by Ensemble Inégal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alistair
    Hi, l'infastidito,

    ... So if ZWV 29 makes it onto the CD with ZWV 21, it's mainly thanks to you!

    ZWV 29 has made it onto the recording! See this link: http://www.nibiru-publishers.com/ind...=&lang=English
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    Nibiru have told me that Janice Stockigt is writing the notes for the booklet of this CD issue. So between the professionalism of the performers and the very informed notes that will come to us from Australia, this issue may be one of the most important Zelenka releases ever.

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    cdmusic.cz website says the expected release date is 08/12/11.

    http://www.cdmusic.cz/inshop/scripts...19981&level=51

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