Messa da Requiem (DVD)
Geatano Donizetti

Messa da Requiem (DVD)

Collegium Vocale 1704

Label: Fryderyk Chopin Institute
Format: DVD movie
Barcode: 5906395034079
Catalog number: NIFCDVD 006
Releasedate: 12-01-18
- Third instalment in Fryderyk Chopin Institute series devoted to Requiems in DVD
- After Brahms and Mozart, now it's the turn Donizetti's masterpiece composed in 1835, but whose first performance is dated 1870.

This DVD is part of the cycle ‘Romantic Requiem’, presenting recordings of funeral masses by nineteenth-century composers, which, performed at the Holy Cross Basilica in front of Chopin’s heart, represent a singular tribute to the great Polish composer. 

‘Donizetti’s religious musical language evokes the atmosphere of works by Monteverdi, is akin to the sacred compositions of Rossini and inspired the later funeral mass by Verdi— that is a tribute worthy of the divine melodist Bellini’.

Recorded at the 12th International Music Festival CHOPIN AND HIS EUROPE [From Mozart to Bellini] at the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Warsaw, 19th August 2016

The Prague Baroque orchestra and vocal ensemble COLLEGIUM 1704 and COLLEGIUM VOCALE 1704 were founded by the harpsichordist and conductor Václav Luks in 2005. Since their huge success in France with Jan Dismás Zelenka’s Missa votiva in 2007, Collegium 1704 has been a regular guest at festivals around Europe, performing core Baroque repertoire and promoting the work of Czech masters like Jan Dismás Zelenka and Josef Myslivecˇek. In 2008, it launched the Prague-Dresden Musical Bridge concert series. Collaboration with renowned soloists Magdalena Kozˇená, Vivica Genaux and Bejun Mehta led to a second concert series at the Rudolfinum— Dvorˇák Hall in Prague.

In 2015, the two concert series merged into one season, held in Prague and Dresden. Collegium 1704’s international successes have included Handel’s opera Rinaldo (dir. Louise Moaty) and Myslivecˇek’s opera L’Olimpiade (dir. Ursel Herrmann), nominated for the International Opera Awards. Recent and upcoming concert appearances include the Salzburger Festspiele, Berliner Philharmonie, Theater an der Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, Versailles, Lucerner Festival and, as residential ensemble, the prestigious Oude Muziek Utrecht and Bachfest Leipzig. In 2014, Collegium 1704 and Václav Luks collaborated with Bejun Mehta on a DVD of Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice and a BBC 2 documentary Mozart in Prague. Its recordings, popular with audiences and critics alike (including a Diapason d’Or and a Gramophone Award nomination), have included J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor and the world premiere recording of Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii. Since 2014, the ensemble has participated regularly in the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.