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Ryba: 3 Pastorellas, Czech Christmas Mass [CD]

Magdalena Kozena Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Robert Hugo
  • Composer: Jakub Jan Ryba
  • Audio CD (9 Nov 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B002D3I0UO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Ryba: Rozmily SlavickuCapella Regia Musicalis 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ryba: Libou PisnickuMagdalena KozenŠ 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ryba: Jak Mile RozkosneCapella Regia Musicalis 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni: KyrieWabi Danek 5:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni: GloriaWabi Danek 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni: GradualeWabi Danek 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni: CredoWabi Danek 5:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni: OffertoriumWabi Danek 7:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni: SanctusWabi Danek 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni: BenedictusWabi Danek 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni: Agnus DeiWabi Danek 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni: CommunioWabi Danek 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

A seasonal staple in churches throughout central Europe since its first performance in 1796, Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass sings out with a sweet celebratory innocence and simplicity of expression that deserves a wider audience.

Originally recorded in 1998, this altogether charming account with Magdalena Kožená, then at the beginning of her career, and the period-instrument Capella Regia Musicalis under its founder and director Robert Hugo, is belatedly receiving its first UK release six years after it achieved platinum sales.

Kožená approaches Ryba’s vernacular idioms with sure-footed piquancy, eschewing vibrato and ornamentation throughout to treat the vocal line as the de facto folksong it is, even as Hugo foregoes the use of no-less authentic bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy for something altogether sleeker and more immediately digestible.

Each of the nine ‘pastorella’ movements – a succession of solos, duets and four-part ensembles – illustrate the story of the Three Wise Kings and lowly shepherds visiting Christ in the manager. Although customarily sung at midnight services on Christmas Eve, it makes only glancing references to the Liturgy and is a Mass only by association. There’s an appealing naivety in the texts and a pleasing roughness to the music in places that serves to solidly root the work in rural Bohemia, the Kyrie’s organ salutation (in the Church of Our Lady of the Convent, Kladruby, near the western border of the Czech Republic) deftly mimicking a hurdy-gurdy.

Dotted with occasional echoes of Die Zauberflöte (perhaps not altogether unintentional given Ryba was a contemporary of Mozart’s) the Mass can’t compete in terms of profundity, but it exerts a quietly charismatic, child-simple allure all of its own that more than captivates.

New here are three free-standing pastorellas. Cut from the same beguilingly ingenuous cloth, Kožená delivers them with obvious conviction, the Czech band accompanying with a discretely poised stylistic certainty that persuades with its clean-cut and understated directness.

Two modern-instrument recordings – also from Czech forces, with Frantisek Xaver Thuri conducting for Naxos and Václav Smetáček on Supraphon – offer richer, lusher readings that unapologetically indulge sentimentality, but they happily serve as interesting counterweights to the authentically immediate and wholly seductive account on offer here. --Michael Quinn

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas delight 5 Feb 2010
By Chris C
Format:Audio CD
Ryba's Czech Mass and pastorelles has been one of the best recent discoveries and delights for me and for many of my friends and family during these past few months and not just for Christmas. In my opinion this disc is worth five of anyone's stars and to date I think I have given away about five copies !
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The true character of this jewel would be better expressed if Amazon adopted the title on the CD case: "CZECH Christmas Mass" instead of the composer's name and the words "Christmas Mass". In that way, it'd give us an intimation of how separate this piece is from western European church productions. This Czech mass and accompanying pastorales are delightfully small scale and convey a sense of developing piously over the years in a countryside church, with nothing allowed to compromise their purity and sincerity. You feel you have been invited to peek behind the curtain in a remote mountain Czech village and enjoy a performance by gifted villagers in the spirit of delicate zest and sincerity, with no intention of impressing anybody. And there's lots of musicianship on display in the vocalists and instrumentalists, along with a musical score that is singular and inventive. Kozena's voice is perfectly suited to this repetoire, which she explicitly tells us is her way of revisiting the Christmases of her youth. The supporting voices lend fresh and dewey support to this non pareil concert, that I can't imagine limiting to just the Christmas season.

The program notes are unusually apt and informative, stressing the local colour and distinctive Czech spirit the composer was anxious to convey as a counterweight to the authority of the Hapsburg empire centered in Vienna.

This is a one of a kind musical experience. The composers dates are 1765-1815.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Christmas past we were lamenting that we had very little Christmas music. We wished to add to our CD's something other than popular carols or liturgical chant (of which we do have some) and searching the web I came across Ryba's Christmas Mass. I ordered it and we played it sometime after New Year. We find it to be very simple and heartfelt. I would describe it as art with artifice. The performance is lovely and I am looking forward , God willing, to next Christmas and playing it many times over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 23 Dec 2013
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I heard a short section of the mass on Classicfm and went off to investigate. I bought it and have no regrets. It's joyous, lyrical and fun. Brilliant.
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