Frieder Bernius / Kammerchor Stuttgart / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa votiva ZWV 18

Frieder Bernius / Kammerchor Stuttgart / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa votiva ZWV 18
Album:
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa votiva ZWV 18
Release Date:
2010
Duration:
01:09:07
Styles:
Choral
Recording Date:
July 7, 2008 - July 9, 2008
Recording Location:
Evangelische Kirche Reutlingen-Gönningen
Genre:

Each new recording of works by Czech Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka seems to unveil new wonders. The choral music from the end of his career, much of it (including this mass) written with no specific commission in a spirit of thanksgiving following his recovery from a serious illness, is especially impressive. Zelenka, like Vivaldi, stayed up to date on the latest stylistic trends in his old age, and he developed a fusion of operatic language and traditional polyphony that seems, more and more clearly, to be the equal of anything by Vivaldi (whose work he might well have known) or Bach (a personal friend who admired Zelenka's music). The Missa votiva, BWV 18, dating from 1739 and composed in the major operatic center of Dresden, is a substantial work, clocking in at almost 70 minutes. A gorgeous aria given to the alto soloist at the words "Et incarnatus est" is quite somber, but most of the other arias in the large major-key sections of the mass are bright and celebratory, with a clear influence from the new galant style. The most striking passages come in the Credo, where the contrast between polyphonic formality and operatic expression intensifies. The Crucifixus, exceptionally, is set fugally, with the expected appearance of the major key, with trumpets, at the Resurrexit, which then follows the text very closely, pausing at the word "mortuos" and returning to polyphony for the final "Cum sancto spiritu," complete with its own slow introduction. There are many other beautiful expressive details, all taking their places within the expertly handled polyphony, and the cumulative effect is very powerful. Four rather unsung but superb soloists, along with the Stuttgart Chamber Choir and Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra under veteran German conductor Frieder Bernius, capture both the complexity and the warmth of the music, and the Stuttgart label Carus gets wonderful results on its home ground at the Lutheran Church of Reutlingen-Gönningen. A triumphant outing that is going to help rewrite the history books. Booklet notes are in German, English, and French.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Missa votiva, ZWV 18
Kyrie 1 / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart3:56
Christe eleison / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart5:23
Kyrie 2 / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart0:40
Kyrie 3 / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart0:53
Gloria / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart4:10
Gratias agimus tibi / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart3:07
Qui tollis / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart4:36
Qui sedes / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart1:27
Quoniam to solus sanctus / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart3:39
Cum Sancto Spiritu 1 / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart0:40
Cum Sancto Spiritu 2 / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart3:58
Credo / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart4:40
Et incarnatus est / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart6:03
Crucifixus / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart3:07
Et resurrexit / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart7:41
Sanctus / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart1:40
Benedictus / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart5:35
Osanna in excelsis / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart1:37
Agnus Dei / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart2:15
Dona nobis pacem / Jan Dismas ZelenkaFrieder Bernius / Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra / Kammerchor Stuttgart4:00

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