Well good news! There will be a recording to follow this performance (if the person who administers Ensemble Inegal's facebook page is to be trusted).
I'm very curious which setting of Litaniae Lauretanae Ensemble Inégal will be recording along with ZWV 4. Anyone have any insider information? We can rule out ZWV 151 'Consolatrix afflictorum', which they already recorded. ZWV 152 'Salus infirmorum' is one of Zelenka's greatest masterpieces in my view, but inexplicably has still had only the one commercial recording. The Bernius rendition (recorded 32 years ago now!) is superb in my view, but another top-tier recording would be heartily welcomed. But there's also the two earlier settings ZWV 149 & 150, which have no recordings.
By the way, I notice the previous sentence in that post is translated by Facebook as "We will have a vegetable whirlwind in the form of several versions of Mass to St. Cecelia.."
Edit: I answered my own question. It will be ZWV 149, as per the Ensemble Inégal website.
On the Carus website if you click on Inhalt >Anzeigen it reveals the couplings to be the De profundis in d, and In exitu Israel in g.
Thanks Seb for your excellent reply and suggestions.
In fact, looking back it was your original post about the Prague performance of Gesu al Calvario that planted the seed in my mind to make the trip to Europe. So you deserve the credit / bear responsibility.
In Dresden I managed to visit all these sites. Walking the same streets where Zelenka lived, worked and created is indeed an emotional experience. One feels the weight of history in Dresden, obviously not just for musical reasons.
I found the Zelenka marker in the Catholic cemetery, eventually, haha. I somehow missed it initially while looking at the Weiss marker, which is but a few meters away.
In the lovely park behind the Zwinger there are monuments to Schütz and Schumann. I notice there are many excellent free spots for a Zelenka monument!
It doesn't look like time will permit a visit to Louňovice pod Blaníkem. It sounds very appealing though. It would be great to contemplate the history of 'our' composer in an environment free of people carrying boutique store shopping bags, selfie sticks, and so forth.
PS Sorry for the slow reply. Have been travelling a lot, and haven't always had wifi access, or my wits about me
Is anyone else here attending this tomorrow? It might be fun to meet up.
It should be fantastic! See Ensemble Inegale's facebook page for a clip of them rehearsing 'Si crocifigga' without choir. Check out the tempo!
I am very pleased and excited to be visiting both Dresden and Prague for the first time next month :D, and am making a list of locations to visit that are related to Zelenka. So far I have:
Site of the old Catholic Court church
Zelenka plaque on the Kempinski Hotel, on the site of Taschenbergpalais
Zelenka’s final residence on Kleine Brüdergasse
His residence at Rampsiche Straße No. 31
His residence on Moritzstrasse
The modern gravestone in the Alter Katholischer Friedhof
Any others I'm missing? Particularly in Prague?
Thanks already to djdresden and others helping me to create the list I have so far.
This recording should be of interest, not just for the one Zelenka aria, 'Già ripiglia vermiglia la rosa' from Il Serpente del Bronzo.
Featuring countertenor Flavio Ferri-Benedetti and Basel-based Ensemble Il Basilico.
It looks like we have a new high quality recording of Zelenka's masterful Lamentations ZWV 53 to look forward to in September, by
Jana Semerádová's Collegium Marianum. The soloists are Damien Guillon, countertenor; Daniel Johannsen, tenor; & Tomáš Král, baritone.
Perhaps this could rival the superb version by the Chandos Baroque and Chance/Ainsley/George, which has always held sway for me.
Just received an email from Mr. Janeček at Nibiru that this recording is now officially released.
Jan Dismas Zelenka
Missa Paschalis ZWV 7
Litaniae Omnium Sanctorum ZWV 153
Cyril Auvity - tenor
Marián Krejčík – bass
Gabriela Eibenová – soprano
Terry Wey – alto
Prague Baroque Soloists
These are the only retailers I know of online at the moment:
I know what I want for Christmas!
Just noticed, the Berliner Barock Solisten are releasing a new recording of the Capriccio No. 3, along with some Telemann orchestral works, by on the Phil.harmonie label.
..along with Bach's motet Singet dem Herrn, one of his greatest masterpieces IMO.
Missa Votiva has really emerged as quite the 'hit' for Zelenka in recent times, what with all these quality performances and recordings.
I know this is an old thread but it is worth mentioning that there is a new recording on Accent of Ristori's Divoti affetti alla Passione di Nostro Signore, with Echo du Danube, Dorothea Mields et al.
I discovered this on http://www.newolde.com , a wonderfully useful site for people with our interests.
There is a new disc of Trio Sonatas in the works this month:
ZELENKA Sonates N° 4,5 et 6 pour 2 hautbois, basson et continuo
David Walter et Hélène Gueuret Hautbois
Fany Maselli Basson
Mathieu Dupouy Clavecin
Esther Brayer Contrebasse
Rémi Cassaigne Théorbe
I believe they play on modern instruments.
This is available Feb 23 according to amazon.fr
I would assume they will record Sonatas 1-3 at some point as well.
Is it just me, or does it seem that France has become a hotbed for Zelenka appreciation?
I received a message from the same Tomáš Janeček today that the new recording is now published.
Just in time for Christmas, the perfect gift for every Zelenka lover in your household!
Today is the 331st anniversary of the Master's birth.
Does anybody have any 'rituals' for this day?
Please tell me they will release a commercial recording of this brilliant work!
Also, who were the soloists?
See this extremely positive review of this recording by David Vernier of classics today:
I am especially pleased with his glowing assessment of Zelenka.
Does anyone know of an North American online retailer that is currently selling this recording?
Really Johannes, perhaps you could put in a little thought and research into subjects before you post here.
(Please forgive my sarcastic humour. You are amazing! Thank you for providing context so vividly.)
The issue of the length of Zelenka's arias has actually been on my mind lately, so it's interesting that others have brought it up first.
Last night I did some pseudo-scientific statistics based just on the music in my collection, and this is what I arrived at for average aria lengths for Zelenka and his contemporaries:
Bach solo cantatas, passions/oratorios 5:11
Caldara La Passione di Gesù.. (1730) 4:10
Handel oratorios 4:06
Hasse I Pelligrini..(1742 oratorio) 5:54
Heinichen Nicht das Band (1724 oratorio) 5:06
Zelenka italian oratorios & serenata 8:29
So there does seem to be quite a unique scale to Zelenka's arias.
Also, just looking at Mass arias, Zelenka's averaged 5:08, versus 2:17 for Heinichen.
On the whole I still have to wonder if Zelenka's relative unwillingness to constrain the dimensions his music caused some difficulties with his employers on occasion.
Personally however, when I'm listening to sublime creations like 'Mire Come sue candide piume' from Il Diamante, or 'Che fiero martire' from Gesù al Calvario, I'm so transfixed that I have no sense at all that 13 minutes has passed!
Good news! I have received word from Nibiru that a recording of the Serenata ZWV 177 is forthcoming later this year.
Conductor Adam Viktora
Prague Baroque Soloists
Roberta Maneli – soprano
Hana Blazikova – soprano
Gabriela Eibenova – soprano
TBD – alto
Marian Krejcik(?) - bass
To be recorded Sep 2009, released Nov-Dec 2009?
Adam Viktora is proving to be a great advocate for Zelenka's music.
The ZWV catalogue lists this work as for four soprano soloists and an alto. I wonder are they transposing one soprano part for bass?
On Mar 12-15, 2009 Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Chorus will be performing ZWV 1 four times in Toronto:
This should be excellent! Perhaps we can persuade them to make a recording!
(By the way, in October they performed the Suite in F in Culiacán and Mazatlán, Mexico. Mexican premieres?)