Zelenka: Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis

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COMPOSERS: Zelenka
LABELS: Supraphon
WORKS: Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis
PERFORMER: Noémi Kiss, Anna Hlavenková, Markus Forster, Jaroslav Brezina; Musica Florea, Musica Aeterna, Ensemble Philidor, Boni Pueri/Marek Stryncl
CATALOGUE NO: SU 3520-2
This magnificent score by Zelenka, Bach’s greatest Czech contemporary, was written to accompany Prague’s coronation celebrations of 1723. A clangorous overture, affirmative choruses and expressive, contrapuntally rich arias make it a feast, especially in this energetic, idiomatic, if occasionally rough, performance. Jan Smaczny

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