Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) - The Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet ZWV 53. Lamentations for Holy Wednesday 24:42
1. I. Lamentatio I for bass, two oboes, strings and basso continuo 12:46
2. II. Lamentatio II for alto, two oboes in ripieno, strings and basso continuo 7:49
3. III. Lamentatio III (Gregorian chant) 3:54
Jan Dismas Zelenka - The Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet ZWV 53. Lamentations for Maundy Thursday 23:57
4. I. Lamentatio I for tenor, two oboes, strings and basso continuo 8:53
5. II. Lamentatio II for bass, two oboes and basso continuo 10:23
6. III. Lamentatio III (Gregorian chant) 4:27
Jan Dismas Zelenka - The Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet ZWV 53. Lamentations for Good Friday 25:23
7. I. Lamentatio I for tenor, two flutes, two cellos and basso continuo 11:11
8. II. Lamentatio II for alt, violin, chalumeau, bassoon and basso continuo 10:24
9. III. Lamentatio III (Gregorian chant) 3:31
Damien Guillon tenor
Daniel Johannsen tenor
Tomáš Král bass
On authentic instruments.
Stereo digital studio recording. Recorded in Church of Virgin Mary under the Chain, Prague, May 21, 22 and 26, 2014
The emotive Old Testament Book of Lamentations, ascribed to the Prophet Jeremiah, has been the subject of a number of settings since the Middle Ages, with that of Jan Dismas Zelenka occupying a significant position among them. One of his first mature works composed during his time at the Dresden court, the Lamentations, alongside the Sepolcri, written for Prague (Supraphon SU40682231), and Responsories, are intended for Holy Week. In his Lamentations, performed as part of the liturgy of Tenebrae, the Service of Shadows, Zelenka succeeded in combining the contemplative aspect with a powerful dramatic charge. His penchant for unusual instrumentation is evident in, for instance, the final Lamentation (solo violin, bassoon and chalumeau, an instrument akin to today's clarinet). Zelenka only set to music two lessons of the first Nocturn for each day; on the present recording, every third reading takes the form of Gregorian chant, as was most likely heard at the Dresden court.
The renowned Collegium Marianum ensemble has materialised the very first complete recording of Zelenka's Lamentations in the second millennium, one characterised by rigorous instrumentation, profound performance and remarkably conceived by three stellar
soloists (Damien Guillon, Daniel Johannsen and Tomáš Král).
Zelenka's Lamentations, both contemplative and dramatic - an exceptional recording featuring exceptional soloists.