Music From Eighteenth-Century Prague
Jan Josef Ignác Brentner – Concertos and Arias

In the first decades of the 18th century, Prague was a hotbed of musical creativity. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of preserved music sources, among which instrumental music is represented to an even lesser extent. The selection of Jan Josef Ignac Brentner’s concertos Horae pomeridianae, which this recording presents in its complete form for the first time, is an absolute rarity in the given area and was the first-ever instrumental music by a domestic composer published in Prague. However, Brentner’s first published opus was Harmonica duodecatomeria ecclesiastica (1716), a selection of sacred arias. With four printed collections, Brentner was undoubtedly the most published domestic composer of his time. Thanks to their being inspired by the Italian musical style, his works spread far beyond the borders – through Jesuit missionaries they even got to the territory of today’s Bolivia (!), where several copies have been preserved up to the present day. Brentner, celebrated in his time yet soon forgotten, today rediscovered, richly deserves to be one of the first composers presented within the new series entitled “Music From Eighteenth-Century Prague”.

J. J. I. Brentner – Horae pomeridianae / Concertus camerales op. 4 (1720)
Harmonica duodecatomeria ecclesiastica op. 1 (1716)
Šimon Brixi – Graduale „Tu es Deus“ (1735)

Hana Blažíková
– soprano
Collegium Marianum
Jana Semerádová – artistic direction

Recording director: Jan Matoušek, sound engineer: Miroslav Mareš

July 2009, SU 3970-2

Audio examples to be found on Supraphonline

CD is sold on our concerts or available in distribution of Supraphon

Recorded in June 2003 and May 2009
Church of the Virgin Marry Angelic
Capuchin Monastery Prague