Jan Dismas Zelenka,  baroque composer:
born Lounovice 1679, died Dresden 1745.


 


















 
 

 


First German Recording of Zelenka's Church Music (1979)

Psalmen (ZWV 83, ZWV 72, & ZWV 75) und Magnificat (ZWV 108)

The first-ever German recording of Zelenka's religious music, on the Carus label. The master tape was analogue and modern instruments were used. This recording was only issued in LP form (cat. no. FSM 63 108).

Ute Fruhhaber (S),
Dorothea Brinkmann (A),
Alejandro Ramirez (T),
Hanns-Friedrich Kunz (B),

Marburger Bachchor,
Hessisches Bach-Collegium
conducted by Wolfram Wehnert.



First Recording of a Zelenka Mass (1981)

Missa Dei Patris (ZWV 19)

The first-ever recording of a Zelenka mass, on the Carus label. The master tape was analogue and modern instruments were used. This recording was only issued in LP form (cat. no. 53.126/7).

The fact that Carus-Verlag has since issued another version by Frieder Bernius on period instruments probably means that the first recording will never be re-released. Very collectable, not only for "vinyl freaks"!

Barbara Martig-Tuller (S),
Mechthild Georg (A),
Karl Jerolitsch (T),
Albrech Ostertag (B),

Marburger Bachchor,
Hessisches Bach-Collegium
conducted by Wolfram Wehnert.



Second Recording of a Zelenka Mass (1982)

Missa Circumcisionis (ZWV 11)

The second-ever recording of a Zelenka mass, on the Swiss Pan label (cat. no. 10013). The master tape was analogue and modern instruments were used.

There were 1,514 LPs made altogether, in three batches (January 1983, February 1984 and March 1985). There was also a CD issue (1,097 examples altogether in two batches: January 1987 and February 1990).

Helga Spatzek (S),
Clara Wirz (A),
Rudolf Leuenberger (T),
Arthur Loosli (B),

Thurgauer Kammerchor,
Thurgauer Barockensemble
conducted by Raimund Ruegge.



First Belgian recording of Zelenka's Church Music (1982)

Magnificat (ZWV 108), De profundis (ZWV 50), Lamentatio I (ZWV 53), and In Exitu Israel (ZWV 83)

This recording from June 1981 was an early encounter between Paul Dombrecht and Zelenka's music. Among other Zelenka works, he later recorded De Profundis with Il Fondamento.

Bernadette Degelin (S),
David James (CT),
Jan Caals (T),
Marc Meersman (Bar),
Kurt Widmer, Palle Fuhr Jörgensen (B),

Paul Dombrecht (Ob),

Westlaams Vocaal Ensemble
Musica Polyphonica
conducted by Louis Devos.



An American recording well ahead of its time (1960s)

"Music for the Saxon Court" (ZWV 184 and ZWV 189)

Even before the recordings of Heinz Holliger and friends of Zelenka's trio sonatas and orchestral music in the 1970s, Newell Jenkins and his orchestra had introduced the American record-buying public to 2 orchestral pieces (ZWV 184 and ZWV 189) on this surprisingly well-played and superb-sounding Decca LP (stereo cat. no. DL 710141). This man was a graduate from Yale Music School who had previously studied in Germany. Apart from touring Europe for several years with his own chamber orchestra, he was - not surprisingly - a musicologist. Sadly and ironically, this is one of the very few Zelenka recordings to be produced in the US. Well worth seeking out!


The Clarion Concerts Orchestra
conducted by Newell Jenkins.



 
 


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