Recording of the Missa Purificationis

  • Hello,

    Good news. I had the chance to speak briefly with a member of Ensemble Inegal. Nibiru will release a recording of the Missa Purificationis, together with the Litaniae Salus Infirmorum and the Miserere. Next month, according to him.

    By the way: the concert of Ensemble Inegal in Templin last Saturday can be heard on Deutschlandradio Kultur ( next Saturday at 20.40. I can recommend it highly!

    Best wishes,

  • Hi, everyone should tune in on Saturday. It was a magnificent concert with the accoustics of the church just perfect. The mass was full of exciting moments, new word paintings and generally very sharp. I heard it twice as I sat through the rehearsals earlier in the day! Ensemble Inegal is a top band and it's very exciting to hear Zelenka's music with so few voices where the soloists sing with the chorus. They really have something special going. The Litaniae was almost like a new work in this transparent light and sound. And to have a recording of all this!:p

    I also had the chance to take in two Ristori works. In Brugge the Orfeo cantata from 1749 and in Gotha his opera Le Fate from 1736/7. I have to say that the final soprano duet of Orfeo has one of the finest vocal writing I''ve heard from a Dresden composer. He seems to have mastered his art just before his death. Orfeo will be broadcasted - - in september I was told. No recording of Le Fate however, a shame because it had very good moments.

    A clear pattern can now be heard in Ristori's music although we have so little to go by. I think his musical language changes radically after his stay in Naples 1738-? This can be heard in the christmas mass from 1744, the Serenade played in Warsaw last year and now with Orfeo. Of his earlier works it's the opera Calandro 1726, and now Le Fate that point to the Venetian style of Vivaldi and Albinoni, while his Duetti per la Quadragesima ca. 1735/6 has echoes of the chamber duets of Steffani, works that were considered the finest of their kind at the time. Both Ristori and Zelenka had copies of Steffani's duets, which I can recommend to everyone. Only the short orchestral sinfonias of Ristori seem to keep the same structure, and he surely could write for the great horn players in Dresden.

  • It was a very nice broadcast. The Litany was of course ZWV 151 (Consolatrix Afflictorum) and not ZWV 152 (Salus Infirmorum) as stated above by Peter. The mass turned out to be a substantial work with many of the hallmarks of Zelenka's late masses, but with some differences in scoring.

    As far as I can understand from Adam Viktora the conductor, the recording will be done in early September, following on from the concert in Prague at the end of August. The CD will be released at the end of the year.

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