Zelenka - Italian Arias, ZWV176 | Accent ACC24306

Zelenka - Italian Arias, ZWV176

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Label: Accent

Cat No: ACC24306

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 26th February 2016

Contents

Artists

Hana Blazikova (soprano)
Marketa Cukrova (alto)
Tomas Selc (bass-baritone)
Ensemble Tourbillon

Conductor

Petr Wagner

Works

Zelenka, Jan Dismas

Italian Arias (8), ZWV176

Artists

Hana Blazikova (soprano)
Marketa Cukrova (alto)
Tomas Selc (bass-baritone)
Ensemble Tourbillon

Conductor

Petr Wagner

About

If we speak about the late works of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) we usually refer to his masses, oratorios or litanies, which have today finally acquired the attention and acclaim they fully deserve. But among these works we also find secular vocal compositions such as the serenata Il Diamante and a collection of Italian arias.

Throughout the 1720s Zelenka composed mainly sacred music for the Catholic church, but after Johann David Heinichen's death Zelenka petitioned officially for the post of Kapellmeister in 1733, writing a set of eight Italian arias as the court wished to re-establish opera in Dresden.

It has to be admitted that the surviving arias – even though masterpieces – reflect a certain negligence of the standard principles of theatrical style, which may have been difficult or, more likely, unimportant for a composer who had devoted his life to church music. However, these unorthodox arias represent a good example of Zelenka’s unique style.

The Prague-based Ensemble Tourbillon and Petr Wagner present the first complete recording of the eight Italian arias. Singers are Czech soprano star Hana Blažíková (five arias) assisted by the promising mezzo-soprano Markéta Cukrová  (two arias) and the Slovakian bass Tomáš Šelc (one aria).

Contents:
No.1 Se pensi cangiar quel core [for soprano, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo]
No.2 Povera fede sei pur mal spesa [for soprano, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo]
No.3 E voi siete d’altri [for alto, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo]
No.4 Non si trova, nč si dŕ [for soprano, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo]
No.5 Se ha per guida la costanza [for soprano, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo]
No.6 Non só se piů vi rivedrň [for alto, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo]
No.7 Senti ti voglio ancor [for soprano, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo]
No.8 Son da piů venti [for bass, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo]

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