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  1. #11
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    Hi Shaun,
    First Iíd like to say how wonderful this site is. I visit it regularly and itís great to know youíre not the only one intrigued by the music of this amazing composer.

    1. How did you become interested in Zelenka's music?:

    A few years ago, I attended a concert in Utrecht where Bernius performed the Missa Dei Filii, together with an oratorio by Hasse. I disliked the oratorio but was intrigued by the mass. That started my interest in Zelenka.

    2. Do you play in an orchestra, play/sing in a chamber group or sing in a choir?:

    No. Iím a real dilettante, although Iíve worked some years in the classical music branch. Donít play any instrument.

    3. Have you ever attended a live performance of Zelenka's music?:

    A few times. Apart from my first encounter with Zelenka, I attended a performance of one of the trio sonatas some years ago. Last year I visited a concert in Amsterdam where an amateur ensemble played the Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae and in Gent, Flanders, I attended a performance of Gesu al Calvario by Paul Dombrecht. Six weeks ago or so, I visited a concert in FlŲrsheim am Main where Bernius played the Missa Votiva.

    5. What CDs of Zelenka's music do you own?
    Iíve got almost all recorded works. The only major omission being the 5 arias Zwv 176.

    6. What Zelenka scores do you own?
    None. Iím a very poor reader of scores.

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    1. How did you become interested in Zelenka's music?:

    I heard a couple of cd's in the 90's while working in a cd shop but it was when I heard Dombrecht's recording of the Miserere that it all came together, a life changing moment of incredible clarity.

    2. Do you play in an orchestra, play/sing in a chamber group or sing in a choir?:

    I used to play bass in a couple of new wave bands, years later I played the drums in a punk/jazz/noise band(as it was described in the press)...

    3. If the answer to question 2 is yes, have you played/sung a work by Zelenka before with any of the groups specified in question 2?:

    No

    4. Have you ever attended a live performance of Zelenka's music?:

    A fantastic Missa Dei Patris with Rademann, RIAS and Akademie f. Alte Musik Berlin in Berlin 2004, Dombrecht on few occasions incl. Gesu a Calvario in Namur in Belgium 2005, Il serpente di Bronzo in Dresden last year, concerts in Bayreuth, Zerbst, Pirna and amazingly here in Iceland, both Magnificats, the Lamentations and few months ago in the Reykjavik Chamber Music Club, the 3rd Trio Sonata(the 5th was performed last month but I was out of the country. The quality of Zelenka's music has taken everyone by surprise in this rather conservative club so now there are plans to do all the sonatas).

    5. What CDs of Zelenka's music do you own?:

    Nearly all. My passion has also been to collect recordings of all the composers Zelenka entered into his Inventorium and cd's with his Dresden/Vienna/Venice/Naples/Bologna/Prague contemporaries. This has given me a better understanding of what really is behind the soundworld of Zelenka.

    6. What Zelenka scores do you own?:

    Quite a few, although I don't read music I love looking at the scores while listening to the music. I also have a good selection of Zelenka/Dresden literature.

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    1. How did you become interested in Zelenka's music?: I bought the trio sonatas because, they were written for oboes, and I'm always looking for good music for the oboe

    2. Do you play in an orchestra, play/sing in a chamber group or sing in a choir?: Sing in a choir & play the oboe time from time in various non-professional/student orchestras

    3. If the answer to question 2 is yes, have you played/sung a work by Zelenka before with any of the groups specified in question 2?: No

    4. Have you ever attended a live performance of Zelenka's music?: No

    5. What CDs of Zelenka's music do you own?: Later Holliger/Bourge trio sonatas - Bernius: Missa Ultimarium no. 2 & 6 with the Salus informum - King's Consort "Bach's contemporaries: Zelenka" - Sonentheil: Complete Orchestral Music

    6. What Zelenka scores do you own?: None

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    1) I'm a Heinrich Biber fanatic (I consider him one of the very greatest baroque composers) and I read where a music critic yoked together Biber and Zelenka as two baroque masters who were currently undergoing a rediscovery. Of course, Biber and Zelenka were both Bohemian, and the Bohemian Catholic style interests me very much. Being somewhat of a baroque specialist, I'm looking out for new baroque "discoveries". I started to find everything I could about him on the internet, and I stumbled on the Discover Zelenka website just today. I'm more intrigued than ever, and I'm anxious to hear a recording of one of his Masses.

    2) Yes, I play violin in a professional symphony orchestra, and I also play baroque violin in a student baroque orchestra.

    3) No.

    4) No.

    5) I just purchased the Helios recording of the Lamentations of Jeremiah.

    6) No.
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    1. How did you become interested in Zelenka's music?:

    My friend Malcolm, professional oboist, played me a recording of Zelenka's trio sonatas in his conservatory over dinner. Life has never been the same again!

    2. Do you play in an orchestra, play/sing in a chamber group or sing in a choir?:

    I am principal oboe of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and have a fantastic Wind Quintet. I also play Zelenka trio sonatas every week with Malcolm. The effect it has on my oboe playing is incredible!

    3. If the answer to question 2 is yes, have you played/sung a work by Zelenka before with any of the groups specified in question 2?:

    Yes, with Malcolm. Although haven't performed any of the sonatas yet...we are in need of a bassoonist.

    4. Have you ever attended a live performance of Zelenka's music?:

    Unfortunately not.

    5. What CDs of Zelenka's music do you own?:

    The Camerata Bern recordings of the orchestral works and Trio Sonatas with Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourgue. Also have a recording of the Sonatas with an Italian ensemble called Zefiro (all on baroque instruments).

    6. What Zelenka scores do you own?:

    A couple of the sonatas, although Malcolm owns several copies of all of them!
    Melanie :)

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    1. About 15 years ago, somebody at a street fair was selling copies of the Missa Dei Patris(Guttler) for 3 dollars. Hard to go wrong at that price. One listen to this fantastic fusion of the rigour of Bach and the vigour of Vivaldi and I was hooked.

    2. Unfortunately, have not touched an instrument since college. Never sang.

    4. No. Performances of Zelenka are few and far between here and period instruments(does anybody listen to baroque music performances not at least historically informed?) almost non-existent in NYC.

    5. Pretty good collection, excluding the oratorios and trio sonatas.

    6. None

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    1. How did you become interested in Zelenka's music?
    Simply searching some new baroque composers after I was in love with Handel and I listened all his music. I wanted to know if there where other composers and I bought a couple of CDs of Zelenka in a CD shop of classical music

    2. Do you play in an orchestra, play/sing in a chamber group or sing in a choir?:
    Yes I sing as tenor in a choir. Here it is:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8Id7d_AIjc

    3. If the answer to question 2 is yes, have you played/sung a work by Zelenka before with any of the groups specified in question 2?:
    No unfortunately but I already asked our choir conductor... I still hope one day. Unfortunately Zelenka is not well known or famous like Bach Handel or Vivaldi and it seems that conductors often prefers famous pieces to attract people to the concerts

    4. Have you ever attended a live performance of Zelenka's music?:
    Unortunately not yet. In Italy it's very very diccult to have some performances of him for the same reason of point 3

    5. What CDs of Zelenka's music do you own?:
    Almost all what you can find on the CD market!!!!

    6. What Zelenka scores do you own?:
    Nothins yet at the moment.

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    1. How did you become interested in Zelenka's music?:
    By buying a LP in 1968 with F.X. Brixi's Organ Concerto in F major I've got deeply interested in all Czech composers before Smetana and DvořŠk.

    2. Do you play in an orchestra, play/sing in a chamber group or sing in a choir?:
    Log time ago I've sung in a choir.

    3. If the answer to question 2 is yes, have you played/sung a work by Zelenka before with any of the groups specified in question 2?:
    Alas, no!

    4. Have you ever attended a live performance of Zelenka's music?:
    Again: alas, no!

    5. What CDs of Zelenka's music do you own?:
    - Trio Sonatas 1 - 6, ZWV 181 (2 CD, Astrťe Auvidis)
    - Complete Orchestral Works, ZWV 182-190 (3 CD, CPO)
    - Missa Circumcisionis DNJC, ZWV 11 (Christophorus CD 74550
    - Te Deum, ZWV 146 + Heinichen Missa no. 9 (Carus 83.148)
    - Capriccio ZWV 182, Sinfonia a 8 ZWV 189, Concerto a 8 ZWV 186, Hipocondrie a7 ZWV 188 (Astoria 90015
    - Lamentationes ZWV 53, Wednesday 1, 2 &Thursday 1 (Rosa Classic RD 103)
    - Te Deum ZWV 145, Magnificat ZWV 107, Haec dies ZWV 169 (Koch Schwan 313 043)
    - Dixit Dominus ZWV 68, Sub tuum praesidium in G minor from ZWV 157, Benedictus sit Pater ZWV 207, Ave Regina coelorum ZWV 128.4, Magnificat ZWV 108 (Thorofon CTH 2181)
    - Chvalte Boha silnťho ZWV 165, Miserere ZWV 57, Laetatus sum ZWV 90, Memento Domine ZWV 98 (Supraphon 11 2175-2 231)
    - Magnificat ZWV 108, De profundis ZWV 97, Litaniae Omnium Sanctorum ZWV 153, Salve Regina ZWV 137 (Supraphon SU 3315-2 231)
    - Magnificat ZWV 107, Laudate pueri ZWV ?, Ave Regina coelorum ZWV 128.?, Velum templi scissum est ZWV 55.11, Caligaverunt oculi mei ZWV 55.18, Beatus vir ZWV 76, Responsorium ZWV 47, In exitu Israel ZWV ?, Benedictus sit Pater ZWV 207 (ADDA581161)
    - I penitenti ZWV 63 (Panton 81 1389-2 231)
    - Missa Dei Patris ZWV 19 (Berlin Classics BC 1078-2)
    - Missa in D major ZWV 13, Responsoria ZWV 55.10, 11, 13, 14, 15, Sub tuum praesidium ZWV 157.3 (Supraphon 11 0816-2 231)
    - Requiem ZWV 45, Dies irae ZWV -, De profundis ZWV 50, Magnificat ZWV 108 (Panton 71 0368-2)
    - Missa Santissimae Trinitatis ZWV 17 (Matouö MK 0017-2 231)
    - Sub oleo pacis ZWV 175 (Supraphon SU 3520-2 232)


    6. What Zelenka scores do you own?:
    None.

    Not asked, but yet answered: Your website is marvellous!

    Greetings, Frans.

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    Only just got back on board the forum and have been merrily posting away, so will add this, briefly.

    It was in 1994/5 on my third or fourth trip to Prague, outside the delightful little Trio CD shop in Nam F Kafky just off the Old Town Square. Incidentally the shop was in the same building as the one which stood on the spot of Kafka's birthplace (I guess that means the new building was put up in Kafka's lifetime). What was it? Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis. The beginning of an obsession, including an Oct 16th birthday party in Shrewsbury UK every year with dumplings, beer, and if possible, live musicians.

    Sadly I note the Trio music shop has now moved (2008) to a rather sanitized stall in the Castle complex (Convent of St George). A pity - the little man still runs it, but they don't seem to let him play his music as loudly.

    Alex

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    1. How did you become interested in Zelenka's music?:

    I read an interview of Heinz Holliger where he describes Zelenka's music as "like Bach's but more experimental". I purchased a version of the Trio Sonatas, with an English group. I was immediately "hooked" on Zelenka.

    2. Do you play in an orchestra, play/sing in a chamber group or sing in a choir?:

    I've been playing Piano about two years now. Just started into the Well Tempered Clavier. So I have some more practice ahead of me before I start to perform anything.

    3. If the answer to question 2 is yes, have you played/sung a work by Zelenka before with any of the groups specified in question 2?:

    No.

    4. Have you ever attended a live performance of Zelenka's music?:

    No. Unfortunately.

    5. What CDs of Zelenka's music do you own?:

    I have two versions of the trio sonatas, three versions of the Orchestral works, several Masses. The Lamentations of Jeremiah. Probably some others I haven't heard in a while.

    The short answer would be "Not enough of them".

    6. What Zelenka scores do you own?:

    That's an interesting question. No I don't but yes I do want to, especially the Lamentations of Jeremiah and the Trio Sonatas. Also the Requiem Mass in d minor, which is hauntingly beautiful.

    Gene

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