Zelenka - Italian Arias, ZWV176
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Cat No: ACC24306
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 26th February 2016
ArtistsHana Blazikova (soprano)
Marketa Cukrova (alto)
Tomas Selc (bass-baritone)
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).
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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