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Rorate Coeli

Music From Eighteenth-Century Prague
Rorate coeli /
Music for Advent and Christmas in Baroque Prague

In the rich musical life of early 18th century Prague, the Advent and Christmas seasons formed a chapter unto themselves. Their specific repertoire consisted not only of the themes of this liturgical season (including a strong element of the Marian cult), but also of special liturgical and musical forms. In both songs and figural music Czech suddenly appeared side by side with Latin, along with elements of folk religion and culture. These are most to be heard in the charming Advent and Christmas poeticism of the songs of Holan Rovensky. Prague’s archives also hold whole troves of pieces with more sophisticated forms, both those by composers who worked in Prague (A. Reichenauer, J.F. Fasch) and those brought in from elsewhere (A. Caldara, Dresden-based J. D. Zelenka, and others).

Audio examples to be found on Supraphonline

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

Václav Karel Holan Rovenský (1644-1718)
Antonín Reichenauer (c.1694-1730)
Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)
Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758)
Antonio Caldara (c.1671-1736)

Hana Blažíková –
Kamila Ševčíkováalto
Marián Krejčík – barytone
Tomáš Král – bass

Radek Rejšek – Carillon in Loreto Prague

Collegium Marianum
Jana Semerádová – artistic direction

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

October 2010, SU 4002-2