Zelenka - 6 Sonatas ZWV181 | Accent ACC24319

Zelenka - 6 Sonatas ZWV181


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Label: Accent

Cat No: ACC24319

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 5th May 2017



The collection of Six Sonatas by Jan Dismas Zelenka is composed – with the exception of the Sonata no.3 that employs the violin – for a pair of oboes, bassoon, and basso continuo. In the context of Baroque chamber music, this represents a true rarity. Here, Zelenka elevates the sonata da camera to a genre of enormous technical difficulty for the performers, making especially great demands on the wind players, and the composer confronts his listeners with a most intimately personal statement. Zelenka’s sonatas are exceptional works in the repertoire of Baroque chamber music, but because of their great difficulty, they appear only occasionally on concert programmes. Recordings of these sonatas are equally rare.

The last complete recording of all six sonatas on historical instruments was made over twenty years ago (Ensemble Zefiro, 1993), so the new recording by Collegium 1704 is eagerly anticipated.

Collegium 1704:
- Xenia Löffler (oboe)
- Michael Bosch (oboe)
- Jane Gower (bassoon)
- Helena Zemanová (violin)
- Ludk Braný (double bass)
- Shizuko Noiri (lute)
- Václav Luks (harpsichord)

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