JAKUB JAN RYBA (1765-1815): Czech Christmas Mass (Jitka Sobehartová [soprano], Marie Mrázová [contralto], Vladimír Dolezal [tenor], Richard Novák [bass], Kühn Chamber Chorus, Frantisek Xaver Thüri [organ], Dvorák Chamber Orchestra; Libor Pesek, Christmas Songs from the foothills of the Giant Mountains, from the time of the Hussites, Christmas Pastorals (various vocal soloists, Pilsen Chorus Czech Song, Femail Chorus Iuventus Paedagogica, Prague Brass Quintet, Musica Bohemica; Jaroslav Krcek).

Catalogue Number: 12I040

Label: Supraphon

Reference: SU 7013-9

Format: DVD

Price: $24.98

Description: The mass was filmed in 1986 at a small, baroque church in Rozmitál, one of the towns Ryba worked in, performed in period costume (with a period organ and a gorgeous array of moving wood carvings of peasants at their various daily tasks). The carols are heard over close-ups of mechanical Bethelem scenes or inside an ancient church. Czech-English texts. 4:3 format (regular TV), Dolby Digital or PCM Stereo.

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