Niccoló Jommelli Kantaten

Niccoló Jommelli Kantaten


Label: Koramant Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 7629999024250
Catalog number: KR 14002
Releasedate: 15-07-16

- This recording presents the famous opera composer in a more initimate styple of Solo cantatas

- Jommelli was a master in special orchestral sound effects and was called also “the Italian Gluck”

- Alena Hönigová is one of the leading musician from the Czech republic in the Early music field and teaches at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis at the Swiss Bale town.

This recording presents the highly praised composer Niccolo Jommelli, who was already known by his great operas and oratorios, in a more intimate light. He was heavily talented to express dramatic effects and passionate feelings. On that reason he was very often called “the Italian Gluck.” For a lot of his contemporary colleagues he had been regarded as the innovator of special sound effects for the orchestra, which he defined as musical colors which on a later stage had been ascribed to Stamitz. There was a saying that some from the audience jumped from their seats during the crescendo and only realized during the diminuendo that they had stopped breathing when Jommelli presented these affects in Rome the first time. Soprano Barbara Kusa comes from Argentina. She studied at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina and then in Buenos Aires. After coming to Europe in 2004 she studied early music at l’Ecole Nationale de Musique de Pantin in France. She is an internat

Barbara Kusa
The soprano Barbara Kusa comes from Argentina. She studied choir conducting at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina and afterwards Solo singing in Buenos Aires. After coming to Europe in 2004, she studied early music at l’École Nationale de Musique de Pantin in France (figured bass with Alex de Valera and harpsichord with Hélène Dauphin). At the same time, she trained for solo singing with Roland Seiler and Renata Parussel in German Würzburg. She took part in a number of master classes (Monique Zanetti, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Max Van Egmond, Jordi Savall and others). At the core of Barbara’s repertoire is early music but she also engages in song, romantic oratorio and in 20th century music. She is an internationally sought-after soloist for Baroque opera and oratorio. Barbara works with a large number of early music ensembles across Europe and overseas. Her extensive discography includes Cusco, images de la cité perdue (K617) and Selva Morale (Ambronay) with ensemble Elyma, Le voeu de Louis XIII (Alpha) and Un voyage au coeur des opéras de Lully (K617) with Centre for Baroque Music, Versailles (director Olivier Schneebeli), Tonos y Tonadas (MA-recordings) with ensemble La Chimera, Soleils Baroques (Ambronay) with ensemble Les Paladins, Paz, Salam & Shalom (Ambronay) with ensemble Canticum Novum, A pie d’un verde alloro with ensemble Cronexos and Le chant des poètes (Paraty) with ensemble Entheos, among many others.


Alena Hönigová

Alena completed harpsichord studies at the Prague Academy of Music, going on to complete

her soloist´s diploma with Giedré Lukšaité Mrázková, Zuzana Ru˚žicˇková in 1999. From 1999

to 2004 she pursued postgraduate studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis concentrating

on the harpsichord, fortepiano, thorough-bass and improvisation (with Andrea Marcon,

Edoardo Torbianelli, Jesper Christensen, Gottfried Bach and Emmanuel le Divellec).

Together with the La Vinciolina ensemble she won the first prize in the Gotha Competition

at the Handel Festival in Göttingen in 2001. From 2001 – 2009 she worked as a harpsichord

and piano répétiteur at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 2002 Alena Hönigová formed the

Ensemble Muscadin, with which she has premiered several contemporary works, including

the chamber opera Racine´s Esther by Boris Yoffe in 2006. She was organiser of a concert

series in St. Leonhard´s church in Basel 2004 – 2010. Since September 2011 she is directing a

concert series of sacred baroque music in the Dominican monastery of St. Giles in Prague,

and since 2012 she is promotes a Music Festival at castle Jezerˇí in north Bohemia, centering

on composers connected to Prince Joseph Franz Maxmilian Lobkowicz (1772-1816), the

famous patron of Haydn and Beethoven.

As a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, she frequently collaborates with many

early music ensembles and soloists. As a recording artist, she appeared on numerous solo

and chamber music CDs, such as La primavera del barocco (Ars Musici AM1406 - 2), Johann

Sebastian Bach: Sonatas for flute and harpsichord (together with Corina Marti, Editions du

Nopal, Fr), Salomone Rossi: The Song of Solomon –a collaboration of Ensemble Muscadin

and Profeti della Quinta (Panclassics, CH, PC 10214), Jan Ladislav Dussek: Fortepiano works

(Koramantrecords, CH, KR 11001). She records for Czech Radio not only as interpreter but

also programs her own radio shows on special themes in early music.