Brentner | Concertos & Arias


Brentner | Concertos & Arias

Hana BLAŽÍKOVÁ | soprano
Jana SEMERÁDOVÁ | artistic director, flauto traverso
J. J. I. Brentner
Horae pomeridianae / Concertus camerales op. 4 (1720)
Harmonica duodecatomeria ecclesiastica op. 1 (1716)
Šimon Brixi
Graduale „Tu es Deus“ (1735)
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”.



Recorded in June 2003 and May 2009, Church of the Virgin Marry Angelic, Capuchin Monastery Prague.
With special thanks to the Capuchin Monastery in Prague for making the Church of Our Lady Queen of Angels accessible for the recording.
Recording director: Jan Matoušek, sound engineer: Miroslav Mareš. July 2009, SU 3970-2

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