Zelenka: Missa votiva (Bernius)

Jan Dismas Zelenka

Missa votiva

ZWV 18, 1739

Description

Zelenka’s settings of the Mass from 1739 to 1741 were composed without any official commission and represent independent works of art which are no longer bound to liturgical restrictions. During this time the extensive Missa votiva ZWV 18 was written to fulfill a vow after the composer had recovered from a serious illness. Following the great success with his recording of the Missa Dei Patris, Frieder Bernius continues his commitment to the music of Jan Dismas Zelenka with the present recording, performed by the Stuttgarter Kammerchor, the Barockorchester Stuttgart, and outstanding, internationally renowned soloists.


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Awarded the Diapason d'Or

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Conductor

Frieder Bernius Personal details

Ensemble

Barockorchester Stuttgart Personal details
Kammerchor Stuttgart Personal details

Soloist - soprano

Jean Lunn Personal details

Soloist - countertenor

Daniel Taylor Personal details

Soloist - tenor

Johannes Kaleschke Personal details

Soloist - bass

Thomas E. Bauer Personal details

Composer

Jan Dismas Zelenka Personal details

Reviews

 

[...] Animierend.
(DIE ZEIT, Zeit-Mitarbeiter empfehlen ..., 9. Dezember 2010)

 

The Missa votiva is a late work, composed in 1739 [...] There's old-fashioned counterpoint, sometimes severe, and contemporary galanterie, sometimes jolly. [...] Joanne Lunn shines in all three of her solos and Thomas E. Bauer is splendidly bluff in ‘Quoniam tu solus sanctus’. Daniel Taylor is hypnotically beautiful in ‘Et incarnatus’, the strings' paired quavers reminiscent of a Lullian sommeil scene. Bernius and his Stuttgart forces make a strong case for this quirky piece. [...]
(gramophone, November 2010)

 

The Stuttgart Chamber Choir is one of the best in the world, and that again shows in this recording. [...] Zelenka's music never disappoints, and I don't hesitate to label this mass a masterpiece. The performance displays this work in its full glory. Of all recordings of Zelenka's music this disc is one of the best.
(MusicWeb international, Recording of the month, Oktober 2010)

 

[...] This is an outstanding performance of an intriguing Mass by an imaginative composer.
(David Vickers, Gramophone, Awards Issue, Oct. 2010)

 

[...] Die Aufnahme besticht durch tänzerischen Schwung und strahlende Klangpracht, inniger Ausdruck blüht auf aus konzentrierter Ruhe. Die Dynamik ist fein gestaffelt, die Artikulation konsequent. Virtuos bewegliche Chorstimmen, elastisch federnde Streicherpassagen und dazu betörende Bläserfarben tragen zu dieser überaus beredten Interpretation bei. [...]
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 05.08.2010)

 

[...] Ein ungemein frisches, energiegeladenes, stets vorantreibendes Werk, das hier mustergültig interpretiert wird.
(Die Rheinpfalz, 22. Mai 2010)

 

[...] Neben dem glasklar und spritzig intonierenden Barockorchester Stuttgart bewegt sich der Bass eindrucksvoll sicher und klangvoll durch die Koloraturen dieses Bravourstücks. Der Dirigent Frieder Bernius sorgt in der gesamten Messe für zünftige Tempi und scharfe Akzente und betont so die in der Komposition bereits angelegte dramatische Grundhaltung. Die greifen auch die Solisten gerne auf [...]
(Jan Ritterstaedt, WDR 3 TonArt, 29. Juni 2010)

 

[...] Equipe à l'unisson, soprano supérieurement gracieuse (et sans mièvrerie s'il vous plaît), choeur et orchestre somptueux. La belle vie!
(Gaetan Naulleau, Diaposon, septembre 2010)

 

[...] No question: This recording has „best choral disc of 2010“ written all over it. Don't miss.
(www.classicstoday.com, 8.6.2010)

 

[...] There is [...] something special about any Zelenka recording that involves Frieder Bernius - perhaps he shares my passion for the music? Most impressive of many pleasures was the voice of Joanne Lunn: here is a full-blooded soprano voice that can both project the melismas, add tasteful ornaments, and warm individual notes where appropriate. She is not alone, though - the other soloists, the wonderfully disciplined choir and the fabulous orchestra combine to bring life to another fine mass by Zelenka that deserves to he better known.
(Early Music Review, August 2010)