Chamber Music

Baroque splendour of sound

The Prague Baroque orchestra Collegium 1704 and the vocal ensemble Collegium Vocale directed by Václav Luks have earned an outstanding reputation on the early music scene within just ten years. The two Czech groups will now be performing for the first time in the Originalklang series – with ceremonial vocal works by the two Dresden court music directors Johann David Heinichen and Jan Dismas Zelenka, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in G minor BWV 235.

Collegium 1704

Collegium Vocale 1704

Václav Luks Conductor

Hana Blažíková Soprano

Kamila Mazalová Contralto

Václav Cížek Tenor

Tomáš Král Bass

Johann David Heinichen

Concerto a 7 in G major S 214

Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in G minor BWV 235

Jan Dismas Zelenka

Missa Omnium Sanctorum in A minor ZWV 21

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Jan Dismas Zelenka, whose creative work Johann Sebastian Bach valued highly, is considered one of the most significant representatives of the Dresden Baroque, along with Johann David Heinichen. That his Missa Omnium Sanctorum ZWV 21 of 1741 with the title Missa Ultimarum Sexta, “the sixth of the last masses”, and then: “et forte Omnium Ultima Dicta” – “the last of all” – is one of his late works hardly comes as a surprise. In the sumptuous work, the individual sections of the ordinary are structured in musically independent movements for varied instruments and different compositional techniques – in a balanced arrangement of the different movement types of the “mixed church style” typical of the time, which artfully linked established forms like fugues and motets with the “modern” Italian concerto form.

The festive Concerto a 7 in G major by Johann David Heinichen owes much to its Italian models: the play of timbres inspired by Telemann and rich in nuances that Heinichen so loved unfolds here once again. The Prague Baroque orchestra Collegium 1704, the vocal ensemble Collegium Vocale 1704 and harpsichordist, horn player and conductor Václav Luks address these works by the two Dresden court music directors, together with a top-class ensemble of soloists made up of Hana Blažíková, Kamila Mazalová, Václav Čížek and Tomáš Král. The programme is rounded off by Bach's Mass in G minor BWV 235, which belongs to the four Lutheran Masses by the Cantor of the Thomasschule consisting only of the Kyrie and the Gloria.

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