Ryba - Czech Christmas Mass; Carols & Christmas Folk Songs (DVD) | Supraphon SU70139

Ryba - Czech Christmas Mass; Carols & Christmas Folk Songs (DVD)

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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU70139

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 20th November 2006

Contents

Artists

Jitka Soběhartová
Marie Mrázová
Vladimír Doležal
Richard Novák
Eva Marková
Gabriela Krčková
Jarmila Miháliková
Lubomír Vraspír
Jaroslav Krček
Jiří Pospíšil
Female Chorus Iuventus Paedagogica
Prague Brass Quintet
Musica Bohemica
Dvořák Chamber Orchestra

Conductors

Libor Pešek
Jaroslav Krček

Works

Ryba, Jakub Jan

Czech Christmas Mass

Traditional

Czech Christmas carols and pastorals

Artists

Jitka Soběhartová
Marie Mrázová
Vladimír Doležal
Richard Novák
Eva Marková
Gabriela Krčková
Jarmila Miháliková
Lubomír Vraspír
Jaroslav Krček
Jiří Pospíšil
Female Chorus Iuventus Paedagogica
Prague Brass Quintet
Musica Bohemica
Dvořák Chamber Orchestra

Conductors

Libor Pešek
Jaroslav Krček

About

A special place is occupied in Czech musical history by village teachers and choirmasters, who particularly in the 18th century, also made their name as composers. Undoubtedly, the most pronounced personality among them was Jakub Jan Ryba (1765 – 1815) who, like many of his colleagues, wrote a number of compositions for the Christmas season.
 
However, he stands unique among them as the author of a Christmas Mass with a Czech text. It combines folk traditions and the musicality of the Czech village people, with spontaneous joy and spiritually pure ingenuousness. 
 
The atmosphere of the time of its origin is evoked by its reconstruction and performance in period costumes in the Rožmitál church where Ryba conducted his Mass. The spirit of the Christmas season is furthered by sequence shots of the Třebechovice Nativity Scene, dating from the second half of the 19th century, whose more than 200 moving figures were produced by rural wood carvers.
 
Christmas Folk Songs:
I. Christmas Songs from the Krkonoše Region
II. Christmas Songs from the Hussite Era
III. Christmas Pastorale

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