Musica Antiqua Citolibensis

Musica Antiqua Citolibensis

by Frantisek Vajnar

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Musica Antiqua Citolibensis

Despite its arcane Latin title, Supraphon's four-CD set Musica Antiqua Citolibensis delivers on a part of the literature that coheres: the music created by local kapellmeisters in the Czech city of Citoliby. Although located outside of the loop of Bohemia's main cultural centers such as Prague and Brno, Citoliby enjoyed a period of primacy in music in the late eighteenth century owing to the refined tastes of its rulers, the Pachtas; the city's coat of arms bears the image of an organ. There is a Citoliby School of composers whose work is comparable to those of the contemporary Mannheim School, though quite different in style. The Citoliby School is dominated by a dynasty led by composer Václav Jan Kopriva, and one of his sons, Karel Blazej Kopriva, was its greatest exponent, and like Wolfgang Mozart, died young. Other composers featured on this set, such as Jan Adam Gallina, Jan Vent, and Jakub Lokaj, were quite satisfied to spend their whole careers living and working in Citoliby. What makes this literature distinctive, apart from its easily recognizable Bohemian accent, is that it is like eighteenth century country music; even the sacred masses in Latin come off with a flavor that is rural and local. There is frequent use of drones, simple pentatonic melodies, and fiddle-like string writing, reminiscent to some extant of early American Moravian anthems, but minus the Dutch-German aspect. While individual composers -- particularly Karel Blazej Kopriva, whose "Fuga sopra cognomen DEBEFE" is as thorny and alien sounding as any organ music produced in the late classical period -- sound off within their own voices, the pastoral, countrified sound of this music is a distinguishing characteristic across the four discs. The orchestral recordings, mainly made in the mid-'80s, aren't really up to Supraphon's best standards, being weak in the low range, rather tinny in the high, and delivering a stereo perspective strangely old fashioned for this era. The performances too are sub-par, although it's not too distracting given the nature of the music -- the lack of polish tends to underscore the folksy quality of several of these pieces. Nevertheless, all of the keyboard music included is both well recorded and played. Listeners with a special interest in music of the eighteenth century will not want to miss this, as the material is extraordinary in every way.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
Label: Supraphon
UPC: 0099925390822
catalogNumber: 3908

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Symphony in A major

    1. 1. Allegro  (02:27)
    2. 2. Andantino  (05:07)
    3. 3. Menuetto  (02:55)
    4. 4. Presto  (02:49)
  2. Missa solemnis in D minor (Kyrie), for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, organ & orchestra: 1. Kyrie

    1. 1. Kyrie  (01:51)
  3. Missa solemnis in D minor (Kyrie), for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, organ & orchestra: 2. Christie

    1. 2. Christie  (03:28)
  4. Missa solemnis in D minor (Kyrie), for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, organ & orchestra: 3. Kyrie

    1. 3. Kyrie  (02:23)
  5. Fuga supra cognomen DEBEFE in D minor for organ  (03:19)
  6. Quod pia voce cano, aria for bass soloist, orchestra & organ  (07:34)
  7. Quartetto concertante for oboe, oboe d'amore, English horn & bassoon

    1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo  (05:23)
    2. 2. Adagio  (03:44)
    3. 3. Menuetto  (02:08)
    4. 4. Andantino. Allegro  (04:37)
  8. Dictamina mea, motet for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ  (07:57)
  9. Qui tollis, for chorus, orchestra & organ  (03:59)
  10. Missa pastoralis in D major, for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ  (03:14)
  11. Aria in D major & chorus: Amoenitate vocum for soprano, mixed chorus, orchestra & organ  (07:28)

Disc 2

  1. Fugue-pastorella for organ in C major  (02:24)
  2. Missa pastoralis in D major, for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ: 1. Kyrie

    1. 1. Kyrie  (03:32)
  3. Missa pastoralis in D major, for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ: 2. Gloria

    1. 2. Gloria  (10:26)
  4. Missa pastoralis in D major, for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ: 3. Credo

    1. 3. Credo  (11:06)
  5. Missa pastoralis in D major, for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ: 4. Sanctus

    1. 4. Sanctus  (08:51)
  6. Missa pastoralis in D major, for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ: 5. Agnus

    1. 5. Agnus  (04:39)
  7. Benedictus for soprano, orchestra & organ  (05:35)
  8. Rorate coeli, for contralto, tenor, chorus, orchestra & organ  (13:40)
  9. Moteto pastorale in D major: Gloria in excelsis Deo for soprano, contralto, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ  (12:49)

Disc 3

  1. Fugue for organ in A minor  (02:49)
  2. Requiem in C minor, for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, orchestra & organ

    1. 1. Requiem  (03:35)
    2. 2. Dies irae  (01:46)
    3. 3. Domine  (03:08)
    4. 4. Sanctus  (01:24)
    5. 5. Benedictus  (03:59)
    6. 6. Agnus Dei  (05:39)
  3. Salve Regina ex E for children's chorus, orchestra & organ  (04:58)
  4. Fugue for organ in A flat major  (03:19)
  5. Litaniae Lauretanae, for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ

    1. 1. Kyrie  (01:54)
    2. 2. Pater de coelis  (01:42)
    3. 3. Sancta Trinitas  (00:38)
    4. 4. Sancta Maria  (01:45)
    5. 5. Mater Christi  (02:11)
    6. 6. Virgo prudentissima  (01:26)
    7. 7. Vas spirituale  (03:00)
    8. 8. Salvus infirmorum  (01:34)
    9. 9. Regina angelorum  (01:43)
    10. 10. Agnus Dei  (02:22)
  6. Siste ultricem dexteram, aria for soprano, orchestra & organ  (06:15)
  7. Vox clamantis in deserto, offertorium for soprano, chorus, orchestra & organ  (05:40)
  8. Organ Concerto in D sharp major

    1. 1. Allegro moderato. Cadenza (att.) - Adagio  (13:18)
    2. 2. Allegro di giusto  (04:32)

Disc 4

  1. Symphony in C major

    1. 1. Allegro  (04:10)
    2. 2. Andante  (06:10)
    3. 3. Menuetto  (02:33)
    4. 4. Presto  (01:57)
  2. Sacrum pastorale integrum, for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ: Gloria

    1. Gloria  (07:12)
  3. Fugue in C major for organ  (02:54)
  4. Ah, cordi trito, aria for soprano, orchestra & organ  (06:04)
  5. O magna coeli Domina, offertorium for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, chorus, orchestra & organ  (08:40)
  6. Fugue for organ in F minor  (03:19)
  7. Bella quando aurora, aria for soprano, orchestra & organ  (12:34)
  8. Veni sponsa Christi, motet for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, oboe, organ & orchestra  (05:19)
  9. Alma redemptoris mater, for female chorus, orchestra & organ  (04:16)
  10. Haec aurora gratiosa, aria for soprano, orchestra & organ  (05:15)
  11. Gloria Deo, motet for soprano, contralto, tenor, orchestra & organ  (06:15)

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