In the wake of the success gained by the 2014 CD featuring F. X.
Richter’s Requiem in E flat major (SU 4177–2), Supraphon is now releasing a
new album with another work by the overlooked composer, whose music the Czech
Ensemble Baroque has continuously explored. The two-CD pack containing a
premiere recording of Richter’s Deposizione dalla croce di Gesu Cristo (SU
4204–2) is undoubtedly be one of the most remarkable cultural projects of
František Xaver Richter’s Easter oratorio Deposizione dalla croce di
Gesù Cristo was recorded by Czech Ensemble Baroque, headed by the
conductor Roman Válek, in the spring of this year in a revived world premiere.
The CDs were made at the Holešov chateau, where Richter spent a considerable
amount of time in his life.
The conductor Roman Válek, the artistic director of the Czech Ensemble
Baroque, has said: “When in 1746 Franz Xaver Richter joined the far-famed
Mannheim court orchestra, he found himself at the very centre of progressive
music in Europe at the time, where a new epoch was emerging. And when he came
across Pasquini’s most acclaimed oratorio libretto, he duly set it to music
entirely within the intentions of his own singular style, combining Baroque
compositional principles and elements of the nascent Classicism. Richter used
the libretto’s version remade for Johann Adolph Hasse. La deposizione dalla
croce di Gesù Cristo, Richter’s one and only Italian oratorio, was most
likely performed for the first, and last, time on Good Friday in 1748 at the
Mannheim court chapel.”
The two-CD album, titled F. X. Richter – La Deposizione dalla croce di
Gesù Cristo contains a recording of the Passion oratorio La
Deposizione dalla croce di Gesù Cristo, Salvator nostro, as performed by
the soloists Kateřina Kněžíková (Maddalena), Jaroslav Březina (Giuseppe
d’Arimatea), Philipp Mathmann (Giovanni), Piotr Olech (Simone) and Lenka
Cafourková Ďuricová (Nicodemno), and the Czech Ensemble Baroque Orchestra and
Choir, conducted by Roman Válek.