Free Download: Kyrie from Zelenka's 'Missa Divi Xaverii'

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Free Download: Kyrie from Zelenka's 'Missa Divi Xaverii'

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The first free download of 2017 is the Kyrie from the Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka's Missa Divi Xaverii. The subject of this mass, and three litanies, is 16th-century Jesuit St Francis Xavier. He was the personal patron saint of Hapsburg Archduchess Maria Josepha, who was at the Dresden court with Zelenka during the 1720s.

The recording by Collegium Vocale 1704 received five stars in the July 2016 issue of BBC Music Magazine . 'Listeners will immediately be struck by Zelenka's distinctive and colourful deployment of instruments,' writes Nicholas Anderson. 'The work is full of vivid contrasts ranging from the resplendently orchestrated to the softly spoken.'

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