Brentner - Music From Eighteenth-century Prague

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Label: SUPRAPHON
Catalog: SU3970
Format: CD

Hana Blažíková (soprano) Collegium Marianum, Jana Semerádová

Brentner: Horc pomeridianc seu concertus cammerales sex, Op. 4 World Premiere Complete Recording Harmonica duodecatometria ecclesiastica, Op. 1 Aria V in G major “Cor meum tibi dedo” Concerto III in B flat major Concerto I in G minor Aria XII Aria “O Deus, ego amo Te” Concerto VI in C minor Concerto IV in G major Aria II in C minor Concerto V in F major Concerto II in D minor Brixi, S: Tu es Deus encore

In the first decades of the 18th century, Prague was a hotbed of musical creativity. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of preserved music sources, among which instrumental music is represented to an even lesser extent. The selection of Jan Josef Ignac Brentner's concertos Hor? pomeridian?, which this recording presents in its complete form for the first time, is an absolute rarity in the given area and was the first-ever instrumental music by a domestic composer published in Prague. However, Brentner's first published opus was Harmonica duodecatomeria ecclesiastica (1716), a selection of sacred arias. With four printed collections, Brentner was undoubtedly the most published domestic composer of his time. Thanks to their being inspired by the Italian musical style, his works spread far beyond the borders - through Jesuit missionaries they even got to the territory of today's Bolivia (!), where several copies have been preserved up to the present day. Brentner, celebrated in his time yet soon forgotten, today rediscovered, richly deserves to be one of the first composers presented within the new series entitled "Music From Eighteenth-Century Prague".

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