Zach: Requiem & Vesperae de Beata Virgine

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Zach: Requiem & Vesperae de Beata Virgine



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9th Dec 2016




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Zach: Requiem & Vesperae de Beata Virgine


Requiem solemne in C minor

Vesperae de Beata Virgine

Michaela Srumova (soprano), Sylva Cmugrova (alto), Cenek Svoboda (tenor) & Jaromir Nosek (bass)

Musica Florea & Collegium Floreum, Marek Stryncl



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Jan Zach, a new name in this series, ranks among the "Czech music migrants" of the 18th century. However, before leaving war-struck Bohemia in 1741, when he was twenty-eight years old, he had already composed a substantial amount of music. The focus of his work lies in liturgical music - the text of the Requiem mass alone was set to music by Zach three times. His Requiem solemne in C minor was one of the most frequently performed Requiems on Prague church choirs (a fact witnessed by a great number of surviving copies) and could still be heard as late as the 20th century. Today's audiences can listen to this mass as a resounding textbook of compositional styles used at the time and admire Zach's impressive array of stylistic elements, ranging from strict counterpoint to modern coloratura arias. His Vesperae de Beata Virgine (introduced here in a latterday premiere) were also widely used in Prague in Zach's time. Here we can already trace the first echoes of the style of the Viennese classicist school. Both works give us an idea of music that sounded in newly-built Prague churches in the 1730s. Members of the internationally renowned ensemble Musica Florea have accomplished this premiere with their characteristic lively engagement.

Jan Zach: Requiem solemne in C Minor

I. Requiem aeternam

II. Te decet hymnus

III. Kyrie

IV. Dies irae

V. Recordare, Jesu pie

VI. Lacrymosa dies illa

VII. Dona eis requiem

VIII. Domine Jesu Christe

IX. Sed signifer

X. Quam olim Abrahae

XI. Sanctus

XII. Benedictus

XIII. Osanna in excelsis

XIV. Agnus Dei

XV. Lux aeterna

XVI. Cum sanctis

Jan Zach, Sacred Lyrics: Vesperae de Beata Virginie in D Major

I. Dixit Dominus

II. Juravit Dominus

III. Dominus a dextris

IV. De torrente

V. Gloria

VI. Laudate pueri - Psalm 112/113

VII. Laetatus sum - Psalm 121/122

VIII. Nisi Dominus (126/127)

IX. Magnificat

X. Quia respexit

XI. Fecit potentiam

XII. Deposuit potentes

XIII. Gloria

BBC Music Magazine

April 2017


“The performers respond to this volatile music with singing and playing that is well-focused and compellingly expressive. Both works are well worth investigating, but the Vespers are a real find.”

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