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Collegium 1704|Zelenka: I penitenti al sepolchro del redentore, ZWV 63

Zelenka: I penitenti al sepolchro del redentore, ZWV 63

Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704 and Václav Luks

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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. The benefit of this rather artificial device is that biblical stories can be massaged into quasi-operatic sentiments. The libretto of this roughly hour-long Italian-language work, by the Padua-to-Dresden transplant Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, features arias by the unlikely trio of King David (Davidde), Mary Magdalene (Maddalena), and St. Peter (Pietro). For the most part they wouldn't have been out of place in an opera by Hasse, Zelenka's rival at the Dresden court; sample Peter's "Lingua perfidia" (Perfidious Tongue, referring to the snake in the garden of Eden), track 7, for an idea of how closely Zelenka's melodic writing approximated the high and then quite new opera seria style of the middle eighteenth century: it is flashy, passionate, and both vocally and instrumentally fancy stuff. The three vocal soloists on this Czech release all acquit themselves well, but the real shocks that make Zelenka so much fun come in the instrumental parts, vigorously and accurately rendered by the historical-instrument ensemble Collegium 1704. The use of pizzicato to depict the words "Le tue corde, arpe sonora" (Your strings, sonorous harp, track 11) is something another composer might have thought of, but the massive extension of the pizzicato passage is pure Zelenka. There are lots of other surprises in the instrumental writing, and the whole work is entirely worthy of this fascinating composer. The sound recording, from a Prague castle, is superb. This Czech ensemble is to be commended for its effective championing of music from its home ground.
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I penitenti al sepolchro del redentore, ZWV 63 (Jan Dismas Zelenka)

1
Sinfonia. Adagio-Andante-Adagio
Collegium 1704
00:07:33

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

2
Aria 'Squarceia le chiome'
Eric Stoklossa
00:10:07

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist - Eric Stoklossa, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

3
Recitativo secco 'Tramontata è la stella'
Eric Stoklossa
00:01:07

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist - Eric Stoklossa, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

4
Recitativo accomagnato 'Oimè, quasi nel campo'
Mariana Rewerski
00:01:19

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Mariana Rewerski, MainArtist - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

5
Aria 'Del moi amor, divini sguardi'
Mariana Rewerski
00:10:58

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Mariana Rewerski, MainArtist - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

6
Recitativo secco 'Qual la dispersa greggia'
Tobias Berndt
00:01:37

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Tobias Berndt, MainArtist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

7
Aria 'Lingua perfida'
Tobias Berndt
00:06:14

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Tobias Berndt, MainArtist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

8
Recitativo secco 'Per la traccia del sangue'
Mariana Rewerski
00:00:55

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Mariana Rewerski, MainArtist - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

9
Aria 'Da vivo tronco aperto'
Mariana Rewerski
00:11:56

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Mariana Rewerski, MainArtist - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

10
Recitativo accompagnato 'Questa che fu possente'
Eric Stoklossa
00:01:24

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist - Eric Stoklossa, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

11
Aria 'Le tue corde, arpe sonora'
Eric Stoklossa
00:08:30

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist - Eric Stoklossa, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

12
Recitativo secco 'Tributo accetto più, più grato dono' / Recitativo secco 'Al divin nostro amante' / Recitativo secco 'Qual io soleva un tempo'
Eric Stoklossa
00:02:33

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Mariana Rewerski, MainArtist - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Tobias Berndt, MainArtist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist - Eric Stoklossa, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

13
Coro e aria 'Miserere moi dio'
Eric Stoklossa
00:07:22

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jan Dismas Zelenka, Composer - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Lyricist - Collegium Vocale 1704, MainArtist - Vaclav Luks, MainArtist - Collegium 1704, MainArtist - Eric Stoklossa, MainArtist

2020 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music 2009 Zig Zag Territoires

Album Description

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. The benefit of this rather artificial device is that biblical stories can be massaged into quasi-operatic sentiments. The libretto of this roughly hour-long Italian-language work, by the Padua-to-Dresden transplant Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, features arias by the unlikely trio of King David (Davidde), Mary Magdalene (Maddalena), and St. Peter (Pietro). For the most part they wouldn't have been out of place in an opera by Hasse, Zelenka's rival at the Dresden court; sample Peter's "Lingua perfidia" (Perfidious Tongue, referring to the snake in the garden of Eden), track 7, for an idea of how closely Zelenka's melodic writing approximated the high and then quite new opera seria style of the middle eighteenth century: it is flashy, passionate, and both vocally and instrumentally fancy stuff. The three vocal soloists on this Czech release all acquit themselves well, but the real shocks that make Zelenka so much fun come in the instrumental parts, vigorously and accurately rendered by the historical-instrument ensemble Collegium 1704. The use of pizzicato to depict the words "Le tue corde, arpe sonora" (Your strings, sonorous harp, track 11) is something another composer might have thought of, but the massive extension of the pizzicato passage is pure Zelenka. There are lots of other surprises in the instrumental writing, and the whole work is entirely worthy of this fascinating composer. The sound recording, from a Prague castle, is superb. This Czech ensemble is to be commended for its effective championing of music from its home ground.
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