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Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Boréades (2020)

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Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Boréades (2020)

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Boréades (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 957 Mb | Total time: 69:21+62:29+33:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS026 | Recorded: 2020

Rameau’s career was nearing its end when the rehearsals of his last composition, Les Boréades, began at the Académie Royale de Musique, in spring 1764. The death of the composer in September interrupted the production of his lyric tragedy, which was only saw the light of day two centuries later! This magnificent opera is certainly the most accomplished of Rameau’s works, composed as he was aged eighty and in full possession of his creative means: the composition for orchestra and choir is highly virtuoso, the melodic invention exceptional, the drama powerful: a true musical testament.

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Handel: Messiah (2019)

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Václav Luks, Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Handel: Messiah (2019)

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Handel: Messiah (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 668 Mb | Total time: 48:43+81:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent Records ‎| ACC24354 | Recorded: 2018

Handel’s Messiah is already very well represented on the market with dozens of existing recordings and new productions appearing at regular intervals. Yet this is a very special version, carefully crafted by the Prague-based Collegium Vocale and Collegium 1704 under the baton of Vaclav Luks, founder of the ensemble and one of the most exciting conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire. The fine young singers Giulia Semenzato, Benno Schachtner, Krystian Adam, and Krešimir Stražanac joined the ensembles for two moving live performances in Prague’s Rudolfinum in March 2018, and those performances are now presented here.

Magdalena Kožená, Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Il Giardino dei sospir (2019)

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Magdalena Kožená, Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Il Giardino dei sospir (2019)

Magdalena Kožená, Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Il Giardino dei sospir (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 410 Mb | Total time: 81:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pentatone | PTC 5186 725 | Recorded: 2018

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená hasn't often sung Baroque music. Thus, it is all the more impressive that when she does, she devises really innovative programs with unusual music. Her enthusiasm for the project may be gauged by her comment here: "I could hardly imagine more passionate, savage, uninhibited yet loving and caressing companions for these desperate heroines than Vaclav Luks and the musicians of Collegium 1704." She's right about the musicians, yet the real spotlight is on Kožená herself. The program consists of secular cantatas from the first half of the 18th century; this genre has been neglected amidst the general rediscovery of Baroque opera.

Collegium 1704, Václav Luks - Reichenauer: Concertos (2011)

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Collegium 1704, Václav Luks - Reichenauer: Concertos (2011)

Collegium 1704, Václav Luks - Reichenauer: Concertos (2011)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:19 | 456 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Supraphon | Catalog: SU40352

New recordings from Supraphon’s Gramophone Editor’s Choice winning series “Music From 18th Century Prague” Unlike the copiously preserved sacred music, instrumental works by Czech composers in the Prague of the first third of the 18th century are as scarce as hen’s teeth. The twenty or so instrumental pieces by Antonín Reichenauer are among the most significant. Reichenauer was a musician in Count Morzin’s chapel, in which he assumed the role of in-house composer after Johann Friedrich Fasch. The ensemble’s superb quality is documented by the Count’s regular contacts with Antonio Vivaldi, whom he engaged as his “maestro di musica in Italia”.

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: I Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore ZWV 63 (2009)

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Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: I Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore ZWV 63 (2009)

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: I Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore ZWV 63 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 387 Mb | Total time: 71:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoires | # ZZT 090803 | Recorded: 2008

Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka is a strong candidate for the greatest rediscovery of the Baroque revival. He worked for most of his career in Dresden (the booklet, in French and English, goes into a great deal of detail about the political determinants and musical implications of this fact), and Bach, who didn't admire many composers, admired him. Each new Zelenka work that emerges, if competently performed, seems to astonish, and I Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore, ZWV 63 (The Penitents at the Sepulchre of the Redeemer), composed late in Zelenka's career in 1736, is no exception. The work is a bit hard to get a grip on because of its odd genre. Annotator Vacláv Luks calls it a "sepolcro oratorio": it is a little religious semi-drama based on the idea that biblical figures, who may not (as in this case) actually meet in the Bible at all, gather at Christ's tomb and contemplate his divine mysteries.

Václav Luks, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa votiva ZWV 18 (2008)

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Václav Luks, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa votiva ZWV 18 (2008)

Václav Luks, Collegium Vocale 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa votiva ZWV 18 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 389 Mb | Total time: 71:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoires | # ZZT 080801 | Recorded: 2007

The Missa Votiva, ZWV 18, of Czech-German composer Jan Dismas Zelenka was written in 1739, late in Zelenka's life. It has something in common with the String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132, of Beethoven: both are late works written as prayers of thanksgiving after their respective composers' recovery from serious illness. And, although the Zelenka work is virtually unknown, both are staggering masterpieces. The more Zelenka's music surfaces, the more he appears a major composer of the late Baroque; he was probably ignored for so long because his life story, during eras when audiences loved to have biographies on which to hang music, is largely obscure. This fine recording, by the Czech groups Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 under Václav Luks on the French label Zig-Zag Territoires, is all the more impressive in that Baroque sacred music was rare, and historically informed performance unknown, in the Czech Republic 15 years ago, both having been frowned upon by Czechoslovakia's Communist regime.

Vaclav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Responsoria pro hebdomada sancta; Lamentatio Ieremiae Prophetae (2012)

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Vaclav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Responsoria pro hebdomada sancta; Lamentatio Ieremiae Prophetae (2012)

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Responsoria pro hebdomada sancta; Lamentatio Ieremiae Prophetae (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 681 Mb | Total time: 78:28+79:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 24259 | Recorded: 2011

The music here was written for performance during Holy Week at the splendid Catholic court of Dresden in 1722. The example of Dresden stirred Johann Sebastian Bach to some of his most Italianate flights of opera-like music, and the composer of the Holy Week responsories heard here, the Bohemian-born Jan Dismas Zelenka (whom Bach himself admired), had an experimental, progressive spirit in much of his music. All the more of a surprise, then, to find that these pieces are written in an almost antique style. Each of the three Matins services is divided into three Nocturns, each of which is provided with three pairs of readings or lessons (given in chant) and three responsories, polyphonically set for a small choir (the two-singers-to-a-part forces heard here were apparently typical), with orchestral strings mostly doubling the vocal lines.

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Officium defunctorum ZWV 47, Requiem in D ZWV 46 (2011)

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Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Officium defunctorum ZWV 47, Requiem in D ZWV 46 (2011)

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Officium defunctorum ZWV 47, Requiem in D ZWV 46 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 530 Mb | Total time: 61:26+40:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 24244 | Recorded: 2010

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) Officium defunctorum ZWV 47 – Requiem in D ZWV 46 (Music for the funeral rites of Augustus the Strong) Jan Dismas Zelenka’s music for the funeral rites of Augustus the Strong – Officium defunctorum ZWV 47 (Invitatorium, Nocturno I-III) and Requiem ZWV 46 – reveals the most impressive face of the Baroque theatre of death. The man in the chief role of this spectacle follows the appeal in the 95th psalm of the introductory antiphon of the invitatorium “the King, in whom everything lives, let us worship Him”, and bows his head before God and the majesty of death.