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    Talking C.1704 records zwv12 in 2015!

    Exclusive pre-Xmas pre-info for all you die-hard Zelenka fans in the forum:
    Today is December 3, the main feast day of the Jesuit saint Francis Xavier. In 1719 Princess Maria Josepha brought the Xaverian tradition with her from Vienna, and thereafter it was solemnly celebrated in Dresden as well. So the announcement exactly today of the news Collegium 1704 just revealed to me, that the ensemble will release the "Missa Divi Xaverii" ZWV 12 on CD in 2015, couldn't possibly have been more appropriate or better timed!

    Simultaneously Luks & company will make the ZWV 12 score publicly available through a collaboration with the publisher Bärenreiter. The plan is to build a proper Zelenka edition in the next years. A crowdfunding campaign for the CD will be launched very soon that the release depends on - so hopefully everyone reading this announcement is able to contribute (a donation will reward you with a true feeling of personal ownership to the resulting product).
    More details will be provided as soon as their crowdfunding campaign is launched.
    ...What a Xmas gift for all of us!
    SVF

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    Oh wow!!!
    This has made me rather ecstatic!!! Thanks SVF!

    Then there'll be the likely accompanying piece(s) of Zelenka music too that they'll probably record (I hope!!)

    ...maybe Te Deum ZWV146?
    Luks' interpretation they've performed quite a few times now, so they'll be familiar with it. And, it'd be a grand partner for Missa ZWV12.

    Happy St. Xavier's everybody!

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    Default Re: C.1704 records zwv12 in 2015!

    Quote Originally Posted by l'infastidito View Post
    More details will be provided as soon as their crowdfunding campaign is launched
    The crowd funding campaign details are here:

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/s...a-divi-xaverii
    Osbert

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    Default Re: C.1704 records zwv12 in 2015!

    Fellow Zelenkians – let's all support Maestro Luks so he can record this fantastic work in all its glory.

    Johannes

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    "The CD will include the world premiere recording of yet another work by Zelenka: Litaniae de Sancto Xaverio ZWV 156"

    Great! Another premiere recording, making the release Xaverian in theme. A great opportunity to explore the history of St. Xavier's patronage of the Royal Court of Dresden and Zelenka's possible Jesuit roots in the CD booklet

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Why not celebrate by making this exciting effort a reality
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    Default Re: C.1704 records zwv12 in 2015!

    Quote Originally Posted by Xanaseb View Post
    "The CD will include the world premiere recording of yet another work by Zelenka: Litaniae de Sancto Xaverio ZWV 156"

    Great! Another premiere recording, making the release Xaverian in theme. A great opportunity to explore the history of St. Xavier's patronage of the Royal Court of Dresden and Zelenka's possible Jesuit roots in the CD booklet

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Why not celebrate by making this exciting effort a reality
    ZELENKA'S COMPLETE MUSIC FOR S.FRANCIS XAVIER ANNO 1729 (ZWV 12 + ZWV 156). ZWV 156 SOUND SAMPLE BELOW.

    Happy New Zelenka Year to everybody! And that's a very good point you've got, dear Xanaseb.
    This "Litaniae de Sancto Xaverio" ZWV 156 was in fact the last musical component in Zelenka's total work of art for the Xaverian celebrations in Dresden in 1729. While JDZ signed the kyrie section of "Missa Divi Xaverii" ZWV 12 already on 3 September 1729, the final Agnus Dei section was completed almost 3 months later, on 26 November. ZWV 156 is dated 9 December that year. Thus he must have started composing the litany immediately after the ZWV 12 Agnus Dei for a performance towards the end of the 1729 Xaverian festivities. Therefore the ZWV 12 + 156 on the CD fall into the category of JDZ's musically independent compositions united by the same performance context, very much like ZWV 46 + 47 for Augustus the Strong's funeral rites in 1733, or ZWV 53 + 55 + 56 for the Holy Week in 1722/23.

    Despite their occasional unity, the instrumentation of ZWV 156 differs from ZWV 12, but is certainly not less ambitious than the
    Mass finished just a few days earlier. The litany is written for natural horns and strings, and the virtuoso horn parts really stand
    out. Besides, the vocal parts (choruses & soloists) are demanding, and in ZWV 156, as opposed to the Mass (relatively speaking),
    especially the bass singer can show off. Just listen to the impressive horn + voices interaction in the "Tuba resonans" movement.
    Sound sample here: http://wikisend.com/download/190296/Zwv 156-Tuba resonans.wma
    As the functioning Kapellmeister Zelenka apparently had to consider that everyone among Dresden's star musicians should be kept employed and given their special opportunity to shine - but they clearly had to work and sweat for their money!

    In other words: ZWV 156 is yet another reason to be excited about and to support Collegium 1704's Xaverian recording. Remember that for example a 100€ donation includes a copy of the CD, sent to you before the public release date. Details: www.igg.me/at/collegium1704


    P.S.: Unfortunately I don't have any info on the ensemble or the performance of my ZWV 156 sample here. Maybe someone else in the forum can help us?

    SVF

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    The sample is taken from a superb concert held in the Annenkirche in Dresden on 3 December 2002, on the 450th anniversary of the death of Franz Xaver. The musicians were Dresden Barockorchester and Dresdner Kammerchor, directed by Rademann, of course. Heinichen and Schürer's Litaniae Xaverianae were also performed, both truly outstanding works. The Xaveriana tradition was really something else in Dresden.

    ZWV 156 is another masterpiece from Zelenka. It is such a brilliant and positive work, which leaves one with a great sense of well-being. It radiates brightness. Our composer didn't do much wrong during these years. Neither did Heinichen, all the way until his untimely and desperately sad death in 1729. Proh dolor! Theirs was a formiddable team and we have now uncovered evidence of how much Heinichen esteemed Zelenka. As for Schürer, Zelenka's student: well, one year after the death of his master he was the hottest young composer in Dresden. The correspondence of the nobility in 1746-47 confirms this in no uncertain way, the praise for his compositions is astonishing. While Schürer is unrecorded we still do not have the full picture of Zelenka's legacy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by l'infastidito View Post
    ZELENKA'S COMPLETE MUSIC FOR S.FRANCIS XAVIER ANNO 1729 (ZWV 12 + ZWV 156). ZWV 156 SOUND SAMPLE BELOW.

    Happy New Zelenka Year to everybody! And that's a very good point you've got, dear Xanaseb.
    This "Litaniae de Sancto Xaverio" ZWV 156 was in fact the last musical component in Zelenka's total work of art for the Xaverian celebrations in Dresden in 1729. While JDZ signed the kyrie section of "Missa Divi Xaverii" ZWV 12 already on 3 September 1729, the final Agnus Dei section was completed almost 3 months later, on 26 November. ZWV 156 is dated 9 December that year. Thus he must have started composing the litany immediately after the ZWV 12 Agnus Dei for a performance towards the end of the 1729 Xaverian festivities. Therefore the ZWV 12 + 156 on the CD fall into the category of JDZ's musically independent compositions united by the same performance context, very much like ZWV 46 + 47 for Augustus the Strong's funeral rites in 1733, or ZWV 53 + 55 + 56 for the Holy Week in 1722/23.

    Despite their occasional unity, the instrumentation of ZWV 156 differs from ZWV 12, but is certainly not less ambitious than the
    Mass finished just a few days earlier. The litany is written for natural horns and strings, and the virtuoso horn parts really stand
    out. Besides, the vocal parts (choruses & soloists) are demanding, and in ZWV 156, as opposed to the Mass (relatively speaking),
    especially the bass singer can show off. Just listen to the impressive horn + voices interaction in the "Tuba resonans" movement.
    Sound sample here: http://wikisend.com/download/190296/Zwv 156-Tuba resonans.wma
    As the functioning Kapellmeister Zelenka apparently had to consider that everyone among Dresden's star musicians should be kept employed and given their special opportunity to shine - but they clearly had to work and sweat for their money!

    In other words: ZWV 156 is yet another reason to be excited about and to support Collegium 1704's Xaverian recording. Remember that for example a 100€ donation includes a copy of the CD, sent to you before the public release date. Details: www.igg.me/at/collegium1704


    P.S.: Unfortunately I don't have any info on the ensemble or the performance of my ZWV 156 sample here. Maybe someone else in the forum can help us?

    SVF
    There is nog much time left to make this cowdfunding project successful

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    ANOTHER INTERESTING ZWV 156 SAMPLE
    Quote Originally Posted by Msl View Post
    There is nog much time left to make this cowdfunding project successful
    Yes, now we have about 3 days left from the crowdfunding part of Collegium 1704's pioneering CD project, so let's hope for a couple of generous last-minute donors!
    I believe every single Euro counts, giving Collegium 1704 more freedom to make the best possible artistical and musicological
    choices during the process.
    However, don't forget that the IBAN bank account numbers found on their homepage always remain open as an alternative funding possibility: http://www.collegium1704.com/cs/kontakt.html


    Finally I offer you another small sample from the included ZWV 156 litany (for the rest you'll have to wait ;-) ). Maybe this
    makes you just as curious as it made me? Isn't the "auxiliator naufragantium"/ "fugator daemonum" part here strikingly similar to
    the seastorm-motif in the ZWV 47 "Invitatorum" composed for the 1733 funeral 3 years and 3 months later? I've put the mentioned ZWV 47 excerpt directly in front of the relevant ZWV 156 part in my last sample for comparison:
    http://wikisend.com/download/964258/Zwv 47 + 156_samples.wma

    SVF

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    ready for Christmas? Hope so!


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