LEOPOLD KOŽELUCH (1747-1818): Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II “Hail to the Monarch” for Soprano, 2 Tenors, Chorus and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 05T025
Description: Two works were commissioned for this 1791 coronation in Prague: Mozart’s opera La clemenza di Tito and this 71-minute cantata. By turns celebratory, serene and darkly dramatic, was well-received and enhanced Kozeluch’s reputation in royal circles. It almost certainly played a part in his appointment in 1792 to the court of Leopold’s son and successor, the last Holy Roman Emperor Franz II. German-English texts. Kristýna Vylîčilová (soprano), Tomás Kořínek, Josef Moravec (tenors), Martinů Voices, Prague Symphony Orchestra; Marek Štilec.