FRANTIŠEK IGNÁC ANTONÍN TŮMA (1704-1774): Te Deum, Missa Veni Pater pauperum, Sinfonia ex C. Czech Ensemble Baroque Orchestra and Choir; Roman Válek.
Catalogue Number: 08Z011
Description: A pupil of the renowned Viennese master J. J. Fux, Tůma’s music is characterized by immaculate refined counterpoint, yet he also embraced and brought to bear elements of the incipient Galant style. Dating from three different phases of his life, the three pieces featured on the present album map Tůma’s artistic development. The grandiose Missa, written in 1736 for the Schottenstift, a Benedictine abbey in Vienna, is from the time when he served Count Franz Ferdinand Kinsky, who had provided him with a thorough education. The festive 1745 Te Deum, scored for a similarly extensive ensemble, was composed for the Stift Wilhering, a Cistercian monastery in Upper Austria, which performed it on multiple occasions within the celebrations of the Feast of Corpus Christi. As regards the Sinfonia ex C, Tuma most likely conceived it towards the end of his days, when he lived in seclusion at the Premonstratensian monastery in Geras, Lower Austria. The three festive pieces, recorded for the very first time, attest to Tůma’s being a composer richly deserving of special attention. Tůma’s music in festive colors – landmark premiere recordings. Czech Ensemble Baroque Orchestra and Choir; Roman Válek.