As a preface to the Czech Christmas Mass, Magdalena Kožená sings three free-standing pastorellas, by Jakub Jan Ryba, each blessed with the same wide-eyed wonder that suffuses the longer work. Recorded 1998, this is the first time it has been released in the UK.
‘One of the things I enjoy about working with period instrument groups like Capella Regia Musicalis is rediscovering that same joy in simply making music.’ Kozena.
Ryba: Rozmily Slavicku
Ryba: Libou Pisnicku
Ryba: Jak Mile Rozkosne
Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni - Kyrie
Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni - Gloria
Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni - Graduale
Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni - Credo
Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni - Offertorium
Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni - Sanctus
Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni - Benedictus
Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni - Agnus Dei
Ryba: Ceska Mse Vanocni - Communio
11th December 2009
“Boasting a directness and harmonic simplicity in which can be glimpsed echoes of Haydn and Mozart, it is delivered here by Magdalena Kozená and her three fellow singers with a folksy approach. Accompanied by the early-music ensemble Capella Regia Musicalis, the result is an engaging Mass of considerable charm.”
“Magdalena Kozená is part of a nicely balanced vocal ensemble and Robert Hugo conducts with vigorous involvement. The tenor and bass soloists, Jaroslav Brezina and Michal Pospíšil, bring a credible sense of dramatic involvement to their near-operatic roles. Brightly recorded, this performance is undoubtedly the best available of this much-loved work.”
22nd December 2009
“Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass sings out with a sweet celebratory innocence and simplicity of expression that deserves a wider audience...Kožená approaches Ryba’s vernacular idioms with sure-footed piquancy, eschewing vibrato and ornamentation throughout to treat the vocal line as the de facto folksong it is”
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