Music from 18th Century Prague: Josef Antonin Sehling | Supraphon SU41742

Music from 18th Century Prague: Josef Antonin Sehling


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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU41742

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 20th October 2014



Precious few countries can boast of a Christmas repertoire as ample and colourful as that possessed by the Czech Republic.

The Baroque era imbued the texts of songs with enchanting, tender poetics - with awestruck yet perplexed shepherds enthusing about the beautiful infant Jesus. Later on, a growing number of formally more complex pieces (pastorales) were written, most of them taking the form of arias or duets with instrumental accompaniment. A notable composer in this respect was Josef Antonin Sehling.

Although still anchored in the Baroque world, he paved the way for the accession of a new musical style. He studied in Vienna and subsequently worked in Prague as a member of Count Vaclav Morzin's renowned orchestra and as second violin at Saint Vitus Cathedral, although standing in as Kapellmeister over the long term (an interesting parallel can be drawn with Zelenka, the 'counter-bassist' at the court orchestra in Dresden).

Sehling was Kapellmeister of several Prague churches, including the Church of Our Lady under the Chain, where the present world premiere recording was made. The album features pieces intended for the period from Advent to Epiphany.

Sehling's music contains the magic of Michna's songs yet concurrently opens upon a world familiar from Ryba's Christmas Mass.

Recorded in Church of Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague, 2014.

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