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František Jiránek (1698-1778)

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František Jiránek: Concertos and Sinfonias

František Jiránek: Concertos and Sinfonias


Jiránek:

Sinfonia in D major

Bassoon Concerto in G minor

Bassoon Concerto in F major

Flute Concerto in G major

Violin Concerto in D minor

Sinfonia in F major


Collegium Marianum (period instruments), Jana Semerádová

New recordings from Supraphon’s Gramophone Editor’s Choice winning series “Music From 18th Century Prague”.

Ever newer chapters from the history of the bountiful musical life of Baroque Prague are still being discovered today. Until recently, František Jiránek, a composer and violinist of the Prague-based Count Morzin’s chapel, had only been known to a select few. Now, for the first time, all lovers of old music are afforded the opportunity to listen to an exquisite collection of his virtuoso concertos.

At first hearing, we can recognise inspiration by Vivaldi (combined with distinct elements of Czech musicality) – after all, Jiránek was sent by his employer to study in Venice, where most likely Antonio Vivaldi himself, at the time Morzin’s “maestro di musica in Italia”, was his teacher. Later on, Jiránek worked in Dresden, where his further creation was gradually formed by the Galant style and the ascending Classicism.

The world premiere of Jiránek’s virtuoso concertos has been undertaken by superlative soloists headed by the “wizard” bassoonist Sergio Azzolini. With full engagement, together with Collegium Marianum under the flautist Jana Semerádová, they have breathed new life into Jiránek, which this rediscovered composer so richly deserves. Virtuoso concertos by Antonio Vivaldi’s Czech pupil revived in the 21st century.

“After the thoroughly professional and exploratory earlier volumes of the 'Music from 'Eighteenth-Century Prague' series, I expected this to be a worthwhile recording; but the music of the hitherto obscure Jiránek exceeded all expectations.” International Record Review, May 2011

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Supraphon Music From 18th Century Prague - SU40392

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Il Violino Boemo

Il Violino Boemo

Violin Sonatas by Benda, Gurecky & Jiranek


 

Sonata in A major

(Lee 3.107, Graun WV B.XVII.56)

Benda, Franz:

Sonata in B flat major (Lee III-124)

Sonata in C minor (Lee III-15)

Gurecký:

Sonata in D major

Jiránek:

Sonata in F major (Jk 29)

Sonata in C major (Jk 28)


Lenka Torgersen (violin), Václav Luks (harpsichord) & Libor Mašek (cello)

Recorded in the Church of Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague – Vinohrady, August 15-17, 2013.

The CD’s title, a paraphrase of Josef Mysliveček’s nickname, Il divino Boemo, aptly characterises the theme of the recording: the 18th-century violin virtuosos/composers hailing from the Czech lands. The most distinguished of them, whose influence was compared to that of Tartini’s, was František Benda. Although inspired by Vivaldi, he created his own singular performance style, which was even lauded by the famous English music historian Charles Burney. The CD features sonatas preserved in Prague in period copies. Also contained on the recording are overlooked pieces by composers virtually unknown until recently. František Jiránek’s life is linked with Count Václav Morzin’s celebrated orchestra, as well as Antonio Vivaldi himself. Another discovery is the sonata by J. A. Gurecký. Owing to the masterful and refined performance of the violinist Lenka Torgersen and the spellbinding accompaniment of the harpsichordist Václav Luks (also the conductor of Collegium 1704), the album presents to us the fascinating world of Czech violin virtuosos – a colourful, tender and beautiful world. Virtuoso and gallant – the fascinating world of the most celebrated Czech 18th-century violinists.

“Using a 1760 Klotz violin with a dark ochre hue, [Torgersen] produces a subtle messa di voce effect on many notes, which is a stylistic feature that may surprise (or even displease) those used to modern instruments and techniques. Her sensitive phrasing and wide range of tasteful ornamentation are also delightful.” International Record Review, May 2014

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Jiránek: Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague

Jiránek: Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague


Jiránek:

Oboe Concerto in B flat, JK17

Bassoon Concerto in G minor

Flute Concerto in D, JK11

Oboe Concerto in F, JK15

Triple Concerto in A, JK22


Sergio Azzolini (bassoon), Xenia Loffler (oboe), Jana Semeradova (transverse flute), Lenka Torgersen (violin), Vojtech Semerad (viola d’amore)

Collegium Marianum, Jana Semeradova

It was not long before the baroque composer and violinist in Count Morzin's court orchestra, František Jiránek, received the moniker of a "Czech Vivaldi". Musicologists discovered him only recently and his works are gradually being identified, as his authorship is disputable in some cases. This is because Jiránek was a gifted pupil of his teacher in Venice and his works thus bear strong Vivaldian influence. Musicians are also becoming more and more enthusiastic about the newly discovered composer - besides the ensemble of Jana Semerádová, his promoters include the phenomenal bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, whose unique recording of Jiránek's concertos (SU40392) was received with great acclaim, and the renowned oboist Xenia Löffler. Despite all unclearness in the attribution of the works and some unusual features (such as the incorporation of the rarely used viola d'amore into Jiránek's Triple Concerto in A major), listeners are certain to find lively and virtuosic music on this recording of hitherto unheard compositions in top-class interpretations: a truly opulent baroque feast.

“Collegium Marianum…play with punch and attention to detail” Gramophone Magazine, March 2017

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Musici da Camera

Musici da Camera


Fasch, J F:

Quartet in D major for Flute, Violin, Bassoon and Basso continuo (FaWV N:D1)

Concerto in C major for Flute, Violin, Bassoon and Basso continuo (FaWV L:C3)

Jiránek:

Trio sonata in B flat major for Two Violins and Basso continuo, Jk 27

Orschler:

Trio in F minor for Two Violins and Basso continuo

Postel:

Trio sonata in A major for Two Violins and Basso continuo

Reichenauer:

Quartet in G minor for Violin, Cello, Bassoon and Basso continuo, Rk 18


Sergio Azzolini (bassoon), Lenka Torgersen (violin) & Helena Zemanova (violin)

Collegium Marianum (on period instruments), Jana Semeradova (artistic direction)

Recorded in the Church of Our Lady, Queen of Angels in Prague, July 2012 (CD1), June 2003 and September 2005 (CD2).

Whereas Vivaldi needs no introduction whatsoever and other names (Caldara, Fasch, Tůma) are familiar to lovers of Baroque music, even specialists have only been getting to know the remarkable oeuvres of Reichenauer and Jiránek over the past few years, owing in large part to Supraphon’s Music From Eighteenth-Century Prague series.

Prague is that which all these composers had in common; for some of them the city represented a significant part of their career, for others a short episode or merely a way station. The Czech capital was a melting pot in which Dresden, Vienna, Naples and Venice came together and the influences of all the major European musical centres were recast. In aristocrats’ exquisite palaces, and to the delight of their masters, these superlative artists performed their own chamber music, whose originality and splendour we can rediscover today. The CD blends the refinement and spontaneous musicality of the renowned Collegium Marianum with the Italian vivacity of their special guest, the phenomenal bassoonist Sergio Azzolini.

The splendour and refinement of the music that resounded in Prague Baroque palaces.

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