Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 – 1745)
Sub Olea Pacis Et Palma Virtutis…
I. Symphonia – Allegro assai
II. Chorus. Allegro (Fortitudo mea)
IV. Recitativo (Hem ! Quoe ista ?)
V. Aria. Andante (En ! Pietatis adamas)
VI. Recitativo (Dura certamina)
VII. Aria. Allegro (Huc palmas deferte)
VIII. Recitativo (Haec summa Gloriae)
IX. Aria. Allegro
X. Aria. Allegro (I. Phoebe, umbras pelle)
XI. Recitativo (En, en Fidei aemula)
XII. Aria. Andante (Huc Virtutes festinate)
XIII. Chorus. Allegro (Eja de sigmentis)
XIV. Recitativo (Eja Pietati)
XV. Aria (Jam calle secundo)
XVI. Ritornello. Piu andante
XVII. Recitativo (Nunquid non messis tritici est ?)
XVIII. Aria (Meto culmos, lego spicas)
XXI. Chorus Angelorum (En prompti ad mandata)
XXII. Aria. Adagio (Ave Deus, ave redite)
XXIII. Recitativo (Proh ! quae aeris inclementia)
XXIV. Aria. Andante (Veni, lux perennis)
XXV. Recitativo (Per me Reges regnant)
XXVI. Aria. Allegro assai (Exurge Providentia)
XXVII. Recitativo (Corona Gloriae in manu Domini)
XXVIII. Aria. Andante (Huc coeli Principes)
XXIX. Aria. Allegro (Reviresce, effloresce, pacisolea)
XXX. Recitativo (Aptate tympana)
XXXI. Aria and Chorus (Vive, regna)
XXXII. Aria. Allegro (Nova gaudia, nova jubila)
XXXIV. Recitativo (Eja ! Eja votivi omnia)
XXXV. Aria. Allegro (Exsurge Martis Gloria)
Michalea Šrůmová, soprano
Anna Hlavenková, soprano ?
Markus Forster, alto
Jaroslav Březina, tenor
Tomáš Šelc, bass
Collegium Floreum, choir
Musica Florea, orchestra
Marek Štryncl, conductor
Bohemia: Jan Dismas Zelenka – Sancto Wenceslao
Friday July 31st, 21:00 – Valloire church
Melodrama de Sancto Wenceslao ZWV 175, music from Eighteenth-Century Prague
The coronation of Charles VI as Czech king in Prague was the event of 1723. Despite Imperial Kapellmeister J.J. Fux’s opera “Costenza e Fortezza”, exceptional attention went to the Melodrama de Sancto Wenceslao created by Jan Dismas Zelenka, Fux’s former pupil, then a violone player at the Dresden court. In a succession of allegories, the composer guides us through the history of the Czech lands and evidences the legitimacy of the Habsburg royal couple’s claim to the crown of Bohemia, as well as the benefit of their reign for the Czech people. The grandiose music clearly eclipses other components of the eulogy. Zelenka ingeniously works with instrumentation, frequently making effective use of obbligato solo instruments.
Over 150 performers appeared in the play, among them thirteen-year-old Franz Benda. The performance at the Jesuits’ Clementinum received a tremendous response from the noble audience and the royal couple alike, while the Jesuits sold over 4.000 printed librettos!
Founded in 1992 by Marek Štryncl, Musica Florea offers historically documented performance. Playing on original instruments, the ensemble revives an eclectic repertoire, from the Early Baroque to the 20th century.
Together with the Hartig Ensemble, Musea Florea produces true-to-period versions of Baroque operas and ballets, often premieres, performed on a mobile replica of a Baroque stage.
Musica Florea appears at major world festivals and plays with such outstanding soloists and ensembles as Magdaléna Kožená, Phillipe Jaroussky, or Le Poème Harmonique. It has received many prestigious honours, including a MIDEM Classical Award for a recording of “The Melodrama de Sancto Wenceslao”.
Together conductor, cellist, choirmaster, teacher and composer, Štryncl (born 1974) graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2002 and also studied at the Academy for Early Music in Dresden.
He has collaborated with such famous soloists and ensembles as Magdaléna Kožená, or the Prague Philharmonia.
Eager for authenticity, he founded the Musica Florea ensemble (1992), then the Florea Theatrum with its movable Baroque stage. He has appeared in prestigious festivals, in Vienna, or Bruges. His ample discography has often received top awards such as a Diapason in 1994. Alternative projects include contemporary Slovak compositions and Dvořák’s symphonies played on period instruments.
Collegium Floreum is a mixed choir consisting of professional singers, choirmasters, teachers, voice advisors and students of singing. They are all deeply interested in historically documented, authentic interpretation, and have experience from many ensembles and choirs in the Czech Republic (Regnis, Fons…). The choir was founded by the Musica Florea ensemble and its conductor, Marek Štryncl.
The Collegium Floreum choir is experienced in the repertoire from Baroque to Romantic music (recently, for example, J. A. Fridrich: “Musica in Luctu”, J. K. Vaňhal: “Missa in C major”, J. J. Ryba: “Stabat Mater”, A. Dvořák: Hymn “Heirs of the White Mountains”, etc.)
Mention obligatoire ?
Sub Olea Pacis Et Palma Virtutis…, ZWV 175 – Symphonia
opening of the concert Bohemia : Jan Dismas Zelenka – Sancto Wenceslao
led by the guest chef at Valloire this summer 2020 : Marek Štryncl
and performed by other ensembles than those invited to Valloire : Visegrad Baroque Orchestra & Ars Brunensis Chorus