- Audio CD (April 1 2003)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Hyperion UK
- ASIN: B00008IHWD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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|2. Regina coeli laetare Z134|
|3. Salve Regina, mater misericordiae Z135|
|4. Lectiones (from Officium Defunctorum Z47)|
|5. Invitatorium (from Officium Defunctorum Z47)|
King has a wonderful ability to bring this sharp yet nuanced approach to Handel (especially in his wonderful recording of Handel's Choice of Hercules), and he has brought his magical touch to Zelenka. Every instrument--including the rich obbligato accompaniments to the vocal soloists (flue, chalemeau, oboes)--and every vocal part is distinct without ruining the coherence of the overall sound.
Without question, Zelenka was a musical oddball--his music is never predictable. King's talent is making his unpredictable music sound "natural" and passionate. Zelenka really suffers if any of the musicians sound like they are just going through the motions. The King's Consort and Choir really seems musically and emotionally invested in this recording, and it shows!
This is not meant to be background music, and can be compared to an extraordinarly rich multi-course course dinner at Bookbinder's or Locke Ober in terms of its intensity. The harmonies are rich, the orchestration ornate, and the music gravitates between stateliness and melancholy. If one wants cucumber sandwiches and pinot grigio, buy the music of J.A. Hasse--the man who beat Zelenka to the post of Dresden Kapellmeister in 1733.
Although this CD is expensive, I strongly recommend it. Zelenka definitely ranks up there in the Bach-Handel-Vivaldi genius level.Read more ›