Carolus Iv. Rex Et Imperator

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Catalog: SU4193-2
Format: CD


This new release features music that paints an interesting picture of the musical life of Prague during the reign of Charles IV (1316-1378). During the reign of Charles IV, Prague blossomed into its beauty. The art, music, and architecture that it acquired during this time is evident, and the King was exceptionally supportive of the city’s cultural and spiritual life. The track list is divided into seven sections, each painting a picture of the music of Charles’ time through different lenses of the king’s day to day life: Charles and France, Charles and Relics, Charles and the University, Charles and Courtly Love, Charles and Slavic Liturgy, and Charles and the Worship of Saints. Performers on this album include the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, soprano Hana Blazikova, and Jakub Kydlicek and Monika Reslerova on recorders.

From the cathedral, university and street: a fascinating picture of the musical life in Prague under Charles IV Under the reign of Charles IV (1316-1378), Prague acquired its magical beauty. The astonishing wealth of art and architecture that originated at the time is evident at first glance, yet the king also attended to the blossoming of the city’s spiritual and cultural life. While St Vitus Cathedral was the most prominent centre of music, variegated genres also flourished at the Prague university (Latin sacred songs and French ars nova) and at the Emmaus Monastery, founded by Charles with the aim of pursuing the Slavonic liturgy. Czech songs (The Bundle of Myrrh, The Wood Clads Itself with Leaves), which linked up to the tradition of German Minnesang, were performed in Prague too. Generally known is Charles IV’s reverence for saints and the attendant passion for collecting relics of holy men. The king even initiated the introduction of the Feast Day of the Holy Lance and Nails, part of whose chant repertoire is featured on this album, recorded by the renowned Schola Gregoriana Pragensis ensemble and the soprano Hana Blažíková. The chants and polyphonic songs are supplemented by secular music, with the result being a fascinating picture of the variegated music performed during the reign of Charles IV, showing all its forms.

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