JAN DISMAS ZELENKA (1679-1745): Missa Divi Xaverii, ZWV 12, Litaniae de Sancto Xaverio, ZWV 156.
Catalogue Number: 12S016
Reference: ACC 24301
Description: These major compositions were written for the feast of St Francis Xavier in 1729. The 44-minute mass is one of Zelenka’s most lavishly orchestrated scores and he experimented here, particularly in the scoring of the unusually large orchestral forces: these include the brilliance of four trumpets, and the four vocal parts are frequently in dialogue with concertante transverse flutes, oboes and bassoon. Hana Blažíková (soprano), Lucile Richardot, Kamila Mazalová (altos), Václav Čižek Itenor), Stephen MacLeod (bass), Collegium Vocale 1704, Collegium 1704; Václav Luks.