Rorate coeli


Rorate coeli

V. K. H. Rovenský, A. Reichenauer, J. D. Zelenka, J. F. Fasch, A. Caldara

Hana BLAŽÍKOVÁ | soprano
| alto
Marián KREJČÍK | baritone
Tomáš KRÁL | bass

Radek REJŠEK | Carillon in Loreto Prague

Jana SEMERÁDOVÁ | artistic director

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).



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.
October 2010, SU 4002-2

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