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Vorisek: Mass in B-Flat, Symphony in D
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Vorisek: Mass in B-Flat, Symphony in D
Patrice Michaels, soprano
Tami Jantzi, mezzo-soprano
William Watson, tenor
Peter Van De Graaff, bass
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Prague Chamber Chorus
Paul Freeman, conductor
Cedille Records CDR 90000 058

Combine Schubert's gift of melody with Beethoven's flair for drama, and you have the music of their respected friend and colleague -- the Bohemian composer Jan Václav Hugo Vorísek. Unlike his better-known contemporaries, Vorísek (pronounced VORH-zheh-shek) composed few large-scale works in his tragically short lifetime (1791-1825), but what gems they are. His exquisite Mass in B-flat Major is a perfectly proportioned Classical masterpiece in the tradition of the great masses of Haydn and Mozart. Surprisingly, this new CD is the only readily available recording. Vorísek's only symphony, the Symphony in D Major, is "a work of impressive confidence and command, firmly constructed and colourfully scored" (Gramophone). If you love the great Viennese classicists, you'll adore Vorísek.
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PROGRAM (60:35)

VORISEK Jan Vaclav Hugo (1791-1825)
Symphony in D Major (28:00)
1. I. Allegro con brio (7:46)
2. II. Andante (7:34)
3. III. Scherzo. Allegro ma non troppo (6:28)
4. IV. Finale. Allegro con brio (5:59)

Mass in B-Flat Major (32:24)
5. I. Kyrie (3:56)
II. Gloria
6. Et in terra pax (2:14)
7. Qui tollis peccata mundi (2:35)
8. Quoniam tu solus Dominus (2:57)
III. Credo
9. Patrem omnipotentem (3:16)
10. Et incarnatus est (2:39)
11. Et resurrexit tertia die (4:24)
12. IV. Sanctus (1:19)
13. V. Benedictus (3:56)
VI. Agnus Dei
14. Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi (2:41)
15. Dona nobis pacem (2:04)

Recorded: November 8&9*, 13&14, 2000 in Prague, Czech Republic at the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum (*Mass in B-Flat) and at the studios of ICN-Polyart (Symphony in D) / Producer: James Ginsburg / Engineer: Bill Maylone / Cover: Interior, St. Stephens Vienna by David Roberts (1796-1864). Courtesy of Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London, UK / Bridgeman Art Library / Design: Melanie Germond / Notes: Andrea Lamoreaux