Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) - Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis conspicua orbi Regia Bohemiae Corona (Under the Olive Tree of Peace and the Palm Tree of Virtue the Crown of Bohemia Splendidly Shines Before the Whole World), 1723
Bonus: Facsimile of the original printed libretto from 1723 (in PDF format)
1. I. Symphonia
Allegro assai 5:52
2. II. Chorus. Allegro (Fortitudo mea) Fortitudo tenor, 5 solo voices, chorus 4:21
3. III. Aria. Allegro (Hac coeli); Fortitudo tenor 3:45
4. IV. Recitativus (Hem! Qua ista?); Suspicio alto, Zelus Eucharisticus soprano 0:48
Noémi Kiss, Anna Hlavenková - soprano, Markus Forster - countertenor, Jaroslav Březina, Adam Zdunikowski - tenor, Aleš Procházka - bass
Musica Florea, artistic director - Marek Štryncl
Musica Aeterna, artistic director - Peter Zajíček
Ensemble Philidor, artistic director - Eric Baude-Delhommais
Boni Pueri (Czech Boys' Choir), choirmaster - Pavel Horák
Conductor - Marek Štryncl
Recorded in the Rothmayer Hall of Prague Castle, July 15-19, 2000.
The coronation of Charles VI as Czech king in Prague was the event of 1723. Besides the Imperial Kapellmeister J.J.Fux's monumental opera Costanza e Fortezza, the greatest attention was paid to the melodrama Sub olea pacis, created by Fux's pupil Jan Dismas Zelenka, who at the time had been doublebassist in the Dresden court orchestra for more than a decade. In a succession of allegories, the composer guides us through the history of the Czech lands and evidences the genealogically founded title of the Habsburg royal couple to the crown of Bohemia, as well as their reign's benefit for the Czech people. Owing to its quality, the music clearly eclipses this encomiastic work's other components. Zelenka ingeniously works with instrumentation and frequently makes effective use of obbligato solo instruments (including the chalumeau). Over 150 performers appeared in the play, among them the thirteen-year-old.
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