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Zelenka: Officium Defunctorum (Zwv 47), Requiem in D (Zwv 46) Double CD

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  • Performer: Blazikova
  • Orchestra: Collegium 1704/ Collegium Vocale 1704
  • Conductor: Vaclav Luks
  • Composer: Jan Dismas Zelenka
  • Audio CD (21 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: ACCENT
  • ASIN: B004BH50OY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Invitatorium
2. Nocturno I
3. Nocturno II
4. Nocturno III
Disc: 2
1. Introitus
2. Sequentia
3. Offertorium
4. Sanctus
5. Agnus Dei
6. Communio
7. Requiem Aeternam

Product Description

Collegium 1704 - Collegium Vocale 1704 - Direction Václav Luks

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L'infastidito on 21 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
JAN DISMAS ZELENKA (1679-1745) - BACH'S CATHOLIC COUNTERPART:
THE BACH PASSIONS' WORHTIEST COMPANION PIECE FINALLY RECORDED
Jan Dismas Zelenka (JDZ) was overlooked during his career by most people except colleagues like Bach and Telemann. He could not call himself a composer until the last 10 years of his life - and even then with reservations. Today he is about to be recognized as the most important late baroque composer next to Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. The music of this first complete recording of Zwv 47 «Officium defunctorum» & Zwv 46 «Requiem» gives an idea about why.

HISTORICAL CIRCUMSTANCES
In February 1733 Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, died in Warshaw. A clergyman heard his confession: «When the [priest] told him, that he must remember, that he was going to give an account to the Almighty of his Actions, both as Man & King, he answered, that as a man his whole Life had been a continual Sin, which he heartily repented of; but as a King, he had nothing to reproach himself of, having never had other views than the good of the Country.» (In: Stockigt (2000) p. 197). It's not known if the King had his wife Christiane Eberhardine (see images) in mind when confessing his sins, but it was a public secret that their marriage had been a hollow formality ever since Augustus had converted to Catholicism in 1697 in order to assume the Polish Crown. The fact that they produced only one legitimate heir among the King's 267 (!) illegitimate children with mistresses (nicknamed «the Strong» partly due to this) should suffice as explanation. Outraged by her husband's pragmatism, Queen Christane refused to give up Protestantism, and went into local self-exile until her death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I won't waste words here given the other lengthy review. These two pieces for the funeral rites in 1733 of Frederick Augustus "The Strong" Elector of Saxony and King of Poland are true undiscovered gems of Baroque music. Jan Dismas Zelenka is blessed indeed to have such wondrous champions of his music, bringing him into his deserved place alongside Handel, Vivaldi and J. S. Bach, in the form of Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704 and an outstanding set of soloists under the direction of Václav Luks.

Buy without hesitation, and then also Luks' & Collegium 1704's other superb recordings of Zelenka.

Note: it's worth comparing the price of the other listing Music for the Funeral Rites of Augustus the Strong which is the exact same product.
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