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Zelenka: Missa Divi Xaverii, ZWV12

Magazine article Gramophone

Zelenka: Missa Divi Xaverii, ZWV12

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Zelenka [G]

Missa Divi Xaverii, ZWV12. Litaniae de Sancto Xaverio, ZWV156 Hana Blazlkova sop Lucile Richardot, Kamila Mazalovd contrs Vaclav Clzek ten Stephan MacLeod bass Collegium Vocale 1704; Collegium 1704 / Vaclav Luks Accent (F) ACC24301 (72' * DDD * T/t)

Vaclav Luks's reconstruction of Zelenka's Missa Divi Xaverii, edited painstakingly from the damaged autograph manuscript, has just been published by Barenreiter. The Mass was performed at the court chapel in Dresden on December 3, 1729, on the feast day of St Francis Xavier, a 16th-century Jesuit missionary to India and Japan. It dates from exactly the time when Zelenka had futile hopes to succeed the recently deceased Heinichen as kapellmeister. He might have also had one eye on the fact that the feast of St Francis Xavier coincided with the nameday of the crown prince's devout wife Maria Josepha, who particularly venerated the saint.

Collegium 1704's blithe performance conveys a radiant mood in the opening strains of 'Kyrie eleison'; the solo quartet's plea for mercy carries through to a shapely choral response adorned by four relaxed trumpets. Hana Blazikova's limpid singing produces a gorgeous dialogue with a violin and oboe d'amore in 'Benedictus', and her duet with Kamila Mazalova in 'Domine Deus' is a charming pastoral featuring two bubbling flutes. …

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