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Zelenka/Lamentationes Jeremiæ Prophetæ

Jan Dismas Zelenka

Lamentationes Jeremiæ Prophetæ

Damien Guillon  countertenor
Daniel Johannsen  tenor
Tomáš Král  baritone
Collegium Marianum
Jana Semerádová  artistic director


The emotive Old Testament Book of Lamentations, ascribed to the Prophet Jeremiah, has been the subject of a number of settings since the Middle Ages, with that of Jan Dismas Zelenka occupying a significant position among them. One of his first mature works composed during his time at the Dresden court, the Lamentations, alongside the Sepolcri, written for Prague (Supraphon SU 4068-2), and Responsories, are intended for Holy Week. In his Lamentations, performed as part of the liturgy of Tenebrae, the Service of Shadows, Zelenka succeeded in combining the contemplative aspect withpowerful dramatic charge. His penchant for unusual instrumentation is evident in, for instance, the final Lamentation (solo violin, bassoon and chalumeau, an instrument akin to today’s clarinet).

Zelenka only set to music two lessons of the first Nocturn for each day; on the present recording, every third reading takes the form of Gregorian chant, as was most likely heard at the Dresden court. The renowned Collegium Marianum ensemble has materialised the very first complete recording of Zelenka’s Lamentations in the second millennium, one characterised by rigorous instrumentation, profound performance and remarkably conceived by three stellar soloists (Damien Guillon, Daniel Johannsen and Tomáš Král).

Zelenka’s Lamentations, both contemplative and dramatic – an exceptional recording featuring exceptional soloists.

Recorded in the Church of the Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague, May 21, 22 and 26, 2014.
Recording director: Jiří Gemrot, sound engineer: Aleš Dvořák

September 2014, SU 4173-2



“Of the performances themselves, all is splendid. The balance of the period instruments is perfectly judged, with intelligent and characterful singing from all three soloists”

GRAMOPHONE, December 2014
 with artistic director Jana Semerádová about new CD read here

Audio examples to be found on Supraphonline

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