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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)

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Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan - Kuhnau, Zelenka, J.S. Bach: Magnificat (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 71:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1011 | Recorded: 1998

Bach's setting of the Magnificat is one of his most often-recorded vocal works; as a rule, it's paired with one of Bach's lavishly scored festal cantatas. (The Easter Oratorio seems to be a current favorite.) Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan had a different idea: they've paired Bach's Magnificat with roughly contemporary settings by Johann Kuhnau, who was Bach's immediate predecessor in Leipzig, and Jan Dismas Zelenka, who was a composer at the court of Saxony in Dresden. Zelenka is an interesting composer, among the most underrated of the Baroque era. His writing is less dense and intricate than Bach's–at times it looks forward to the simpler, more elegant style of Haydn and C.P.E. Bach. Zelenka knew his counterpoint, however, and was fond of slipping the occasional surprising chord change into his music.

Barockorchester and Kammerchor Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius - Zelenka - Missa Votiva ZWV 18 (2010) {Carus}

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Barockorchester and Kammerchor Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius - Zelenka - Missa Votiva ZWV 18 (2010) {Carus}

Barockorchester and Kammerchor Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius - Zelenka - Missa Votiva ZWV 18 (2010) {Carus}
EAC 1.0b2 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 401MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 158MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Classical, Baroque

Extraordinarily well-written, prodigiously inventive, and relentlessly exciting–these aren’t terms normally used to describe 18th-century Masses, but then there is nothing “normal” about this late work by Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. Simply put, if you aren’t acquainted with Zelenka (or if you’ve experienced a previous aversion to Masses), when you hear this piece-a substantial and powerful conception, from the first note of the Kyrie to the final chord of the Dona nobis pacem-you will wonder why this composer does not enjoy much greater esteem and popularity with performers, particularly alongside J.S. Bach (his contemporary) and Mozart.

Chandos Baroque Players - Jan Dismas Zelenka: The Lamentations of Jeremiah (2002)

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Chandos Baroque Players - Jan Dismas Zelenka: The Lamentations of Jeremiah (2002)

Chandos Baroque Players - Jan Dismas Zelenka: The Lamentations of Jeremiah (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 323 Mb | Total time: 73:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDH55106 | Recorded: 1990

These lamentations are beautifully conceived by Zelenka who has a knack for providing wonderful melodies imbued with mysticism and dignity both for chorus and orchestra. Each lamentation is about twenty four minutes long and is split into two parts that contain some crafty, intelligent writing. The three soloists are quite magnificent in their portrayals of Christ's passion with Michael George particularly impressive in all pieces.

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries IV: Sacred Music by Jan Dismas Zelenka (2002)

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Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries IV: Sacred Music by Jan Dismas Zelenka (2002)

Robert King, The King's Consort - Bach's Contemporaries IV: Sacred Music by Jan Dismas Zelenka (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 294 Mb | Total time: 73:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67350 | Recorded: 2002

Czech-born Jan Dismas Zelenka was by all accounts one of Baroque music’s trickier customers—fervently religious but completely lacking in courtly graces. Combine this with a tendency to throw out the rulebook when it came to harmonic convention and it’s hardly surprising that he was underappreciated in his lifetime. Yet here is some of the most pungently exciting writing of the Baroque, as individual as that of his near-contemporary, Johann Sebastian Bach. The very opening of Zelenka’s Litaniae sets out his stall and Robert King and his eponymous Consort make the most of its startling qualities. But he is a composer to tug at the heartstrings too, nowhere more so than in the Salve regina, ravishingly sung by a young Carolyn Sampson.

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Dresdner Barockorchester, Dresdner Kammerchor - Heinichen: Missa Nr. 9; Zelenka: Te Deum (2000)

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Hans-Christoph Rademann, Dresdner Barockorchester, Dresdner Kammerchor - Heinichen: Missa Nr. 9; Zelenka: Te Deum (2000)

Hans-Christoph Rademann, Dresdner Barockorchester, Dresdner Kammerchor - Heinichen: Missa Nr. 9; Zelenka: Te Deum (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 73:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | # 83.148 | Recorded: 1998

Heinichen’s Mass employs especially the capabilities of the brass to achieve a festive majesty in sound. A four-voiced trumpet choir in combination with the double choir layout lend Zelenka’s Te Deum a festive character. Hans-Christoph Rademann brings choir, orchestra and soloists to their highest level of performance.

Freiburger Barockorchester Edition: Locatelli, Bach, Purcell, Telemann, Zelenka, Biber, Zavateri [10CDs] (2011)

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Freiburger Barockorchester Edition: Locatelli, Bach, Purcell, Telemann, Zelenka, Biber, Zavateri [10CDs] (2011)

Freiburger Barockorchester Edition: Locatelli, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Purcell, Telemann, Zelenka, Biber, Zavateri [10CDs] (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.18 Gb | Total time: 11:01:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697937052 | Recorded: 1990-1996

Das Freiburger Barockorchester zählt zu den wichtigsten Kammerorchestern weltweit. Zahlreiche nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen, darunter der Grammy Award, Echo Klassik oder der Deutsche Schallplattenpreis sind Zeugnisse ihres einzigartigen Schaffens.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi - 100 Great Recordings, Part 4 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,72 Gb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 19075800702 | Recorded: 1960-2013

Since it's founding in Freiburg in 1958, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi has been one of the most important and ambitious labels for period performances. Over decades, globally-acclaimed recordings were created with outstanding musicians. The limited edition "Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 100 Great Recordings" contains 100 outstanding DHM recordings with some of the most important and best artists in their field: Nuria Rial, Dorothee Mields, Al Ayre Espanol, Hille Perl, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Skip Sempé, Capriccio Stravagante, La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt, Andrew Lawrence-King, Frieder Bernius, the Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Thomas Hengelbrock and many others.

Konrad Wagner - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa "Circumcisionis Domini Nostri Jesu Christi" (1998)

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Konrad Wagner - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa "Circumcisionis Domini Nostri Jesu Christi" (1998)

Konrad Wagner - Jan Dismas Zelenka: Missa "Circumcisionis Domini Nostri Jesu Christi" (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 194 Mb | Total time: 40:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Christophorus | # CHE 0087-2 | Recorded: 1983

For anyone who likes to dip back into the old world of modern instrument and larger ensemble baroque performance, this is a good opportunity to hear Zelenka performed that way. There is some outstanding singing from the two female soloists, especially in the first duet of the Gloria, and the choir, in terms of old style large groups, is actually one of the best focused I have heard, comparable to the best recordings from St.Hedwig's, for example.

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Zelenka: Gesu al Calvario (2001)

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Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Zelenka: Gesu al Calvario (2001)

Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei - Zelenka: Gesù al Calvario (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 499 Mb | Total time: 110:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 10 887 | Recorded: 1999

In an age of artistic conformity, Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) had a refreshingly individual voice. In his own time he was described as 'a reserved, bigoted Catholic, but also a respectable, quiet, unassuming man, deserving of the greatest respect'. His music earned Bach's respect for its serious contrapuntal procedures; today's listeners, though, are more immediately charmed by Zelenka's quirky turns of phrase and flashes of original genius. There are plenty of these in the Passion oratorio Gesù al Calvario (1735), one of the composer's three late oratorios.

Jürgen Sonnentheil, Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestra - Zelenka: Complete Orchestral Works (2001)

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Jürgen Sonnentheil, Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestra - Zelenka: Complete Orchestral Works (2001)

Jürgen Sonnentheil, Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestra - Zelenka: Complete Orchestral Works (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 896 Mb | Total time: 177:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 897-2 | Recorded: 1996, 1998, 1999

We badly need a complete set of Zelenka's orchestra works, as Arkiv's edition has long vanished into the remainder bins, and this one (previously issued as three separate CDs) fits the bill nicely. Although the players use "authentic instruments", their sound is comparatively warm and gentle, though this doesn't mean that they don't handle with aplomb the insanely virtuosic horn parts in the Capriccios, or the bubbling wind writing in the Concerto. The inclusion of the overture from Melodrama de S. Wenceslao makes an interesting bonus, with its fascinating opposition of simultaneous duple and triple rhythms.

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 2 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 7,10 Gb | Total time: 50:56:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697 281822 | Recorded: 1969-2000

A beautifully-packaged 50-disc box set, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, one of the most important and adventurous early music labels. The set contains 50 classic recordings of baroque and ancient music, chosen to represent the breadth of this huge and varied catalogue and each disc is slip-cased with artwork replicating the original CD or LP artwork.

Passionen & Messen / Passions & Missae [10CDs] (2012)

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Passionen & Messen / Passions & Missae [10CDs] (2012)

Passionen & Messen / Passions & Missae [10CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,56 Gb | Total time: 10:04:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88691955112 | Recorded: 1981-1993

10 CDs mit Passionen, Messen und Motetten passend zur Osterzeit . Neben den beiden berühmten Passionen von Bach - der Johannes- und Matthäuspassion - sind weitere hörenswerte Aufnahmen enthalten. Die Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi von de Rore oder den Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae von Zelenka sind hervorragende und selten aufgenommene Werke, interpretiert von herausragenden Künstlern.

Daniel Abraham, The Bach Sinfonia - Zelenka: The Capriccios (2012)

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Daniel Abraham, The Bach Sinfonia - Zelenka: The Capriccios (2012)

Daniel Abraham, The Bach Sinfonia - Zelenka: The Capriccios (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 404 Mb | Total time: 77:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dorian Sono Luminus | DSL92163 | Recorded: 2012

Sono Luminus proudly presents the first surround sound recording of Zelenka’s five Capriccios. The complex scores have been brought to life under the direction of conductor Daniel Abraham, who also crafted this new edition of the works. This sonic masterpiece of the Baroque is presented using all period instruments including natural horn for the virtuosic horn lines.

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

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

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

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

Václav Luks, Collegium Vocale 1704 - 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.