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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbounded joy, 8 May 2012
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Zelenka - Missa Votiva (Audio CD)
The output of the virtually forgotten Jan Dismas Zelenka is undergoing a thoroughly deserved rediscovery of late, and this work stands as possibly the brightest star in his firmament. In 1739 he fell gravely ill, as the autograph score indicates, and vowed to compose a mass upon his recovery; this, his votive offering as thanks, is the result.

There is no abject plea in this Kyrie, no grovelling reverence and admiration in the Gloria. This is music of unbounded joy, reaching a zenith in the Gloria on the text "gratias agimus tibi Domine".

The vocal ensemble Collegium Vocale 1704 have a relatively tight arrangement of 17 personnel giving great dynamism without being overly "choral", and the soloists among them are superb. The music performed by Collegium 1704 is wonderfully brisk under the direction of Václav Luks, and the recorded sound quality is excellent.

The disc comes in a foldout digipak with booklet providing some excellent notes in English/French plus Latin sung texts with English/French translations. An outstanding set, and an absolute essential for any Baroque music lover.
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