This autumn, two new titles within the MUSIC FROM EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY
PRAGUE series have been released. The second album offers an opulent Baroque
music feast, featuring pieces by František Jiránek, dubbed the „Czech
Vivaldi“, as presented by the internationally renowned Collegium Marianum,
headed by Jana Semerádová, and noted guests: the phenomenal Italian bassoonist
Sergio Azzolini and the outstanding German oboist Xenia Löffler (SU
FRANTIŠEK JIRÁNEK / CONCERTOS
The Baroque composer František Jiránek (1698–1778), nicknamed the “Czech
Vivaldi”, served as a violinist of Václav Morzin’s court orchestra. Having
only discovered his music a few years ago, researchers are now identifying his
works, as the authorship of some of them is still unclear, with some sources
ascribing them to Jiránek and others to Vivaldi, his teacher in Venice.
Jiránek’s music has also enjoyed growing interest on the part of musicians.
Besides Jana Semerádová’s Collegium Marianum, its champions include the
brilliant Italian bassoonist Sergio Azzolini and the superlative German oboist
Xenia Löffler. All the ambiguities as to its origin and a few specific
requirements (for instance, employment of the viola d’amour, a scarcely used
instrument, in the Triple Concerto in A major) notwithstanding, the CD features
vivid, ebullient and virtuoso music, pieces previously unrecorded and performed
in a top-notch way.
Recorded by: Sergio Azzolini – bassoon, Xenia Löffler – oboe, Jana
Semerádová – flauto traverso, Lenka Torgersen – violin, Vojtěch
Semerád – viola d'amour, Collegium Marianum, artistic director: Jana