Sehling: Baroque Christmas In Prague Cathedral
Collegium Marianum; Semeradova
Composed by: Sehling; Fux
The Czech Republic can boast of a Christmas repertoire both ample and colorful, dating from at least the Baroque era. A notable composer then active was Josef Antonín Sehling (1710-56), who in his day was Kapellmeister of several Prague churches, including the Church of Our Lady under the Chain, where the present world premiere recording was made. This album features pieces intended for the period from Advent to Epiphany. Sehling’s music contains the magic of Adam Michna’s 17th c. songs yet concurrently opens upon a world familiar from Jakub Ryba’s most famous late 18thc. Christmas Mass.