JOSEF SUK (1874-1935): Mass in B "Krecovická" for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, String Orchestra, Organ and Timpani (Marta Fadljevicová [soprano], Jana Tuková [alto], Ondrej Socha [tenor], Jan Morávek [bass]), Petr Cech (organo), Prague Youth Chamber Ensemble; Jakub Zicha), JOSEF BOHUSLAV FOERSTER (1859-1951): Glagolitic Mass for Chorus and Organ, Op. 123, ZDENEK FIBICH (1850-1900): Missa brevis for Chorus and Organ, Op. 21.

Catalogue Number: 10P050

Label: ArcoDiva

Reference: UP 0117-1 231

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: Suk was only 15 when he finished his mass (the subtitle refers to the town of his birth) but he kept tinkering with it, revising it as late as 1932. This is the most dramatic work here but don't expect Dvorákian depth; Suk was demonstrating his depth of both musical and stylistic knowledge and this would be the only of these three masses which would be suitable for repeat concert performances. World Premiere Recording of Foerster's 1923 mass in Old Slavonic. This is a quiet, devotional work, much more Fauré than Janácek. Fibich's, from 1885 and a rare example of vocal music for him, is relaxed, simple and in keeping with the late 19th century "Caecilian" reforms although his native bent for Romanticism comes through also. Charles University Choir Prague; Jirí Petrdlík.

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