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Ryba, J.J. Czech Christmas Mass / Vymazalova, Blachut, Mrazova, Kroupa / Prag.Philh.Choir / PSO / Smetacek

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When exactly the pastoral mass of Jakub Jan Ryba (1765-1815) became the symbol of Czech Christmas is possible to determine only approximately. We know exactly, however, why this work holds such a special place: it has a moving pastoral mood with a certain dose of tasteful naivete which comes into beautiful harmony with Czech folk nativity scenes. And Ryba's mass, known by the first words "Hey, master," resounds today from hundreds of church choirs and magically conjures up for the listeners the idyll of old-world Christmas with an illuminated country church with snow-drifts and a frozen starry horizon. There are many recordings which capture the idyllic atmosphere of central-European Christmas as presented by Ryba. However, only few of them can boastsuch tasteful professionalism and pastoral poetics as this one with the conductor Smetacek, whose sonically reconstructed version we are presenting in a new graphical design. This recording will certainly become a indispensable part of your family's Christmas ritual.

Key authors
music byJakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics byJakub Jan Ryba
Key interpreters
conductorVaclav Smetacek
chorus masterJosef Veselka
bassZdenek Kroupa
contraltoMarie Mrazova
tenorBeno Blachut
sopranoHelena Tattermuschova
sopranoJaroslava Vymazalova
organMilan Slechta
organJaroslav Vodrazka
fluteJaroslav Josifko
Key musicians
Prague Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Vaclav Smetacek)
Prague Philharmonic Choir (chorus master: Josef Veselka)
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1.Czech Christmas Mass for soloists, choir, organ and orchestra00:38:42
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Jaroslava Vymazalova
contralto: Marie Mrazova
tenor: Beno Blachut
bass: Zdenek Kroupa
organ: Milan Slechta
chorus master: Josef Veselka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Philharmonic Choir
1.Kyrie00:05:27
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Jaroslava Vymazalova
contralto: Marie Mrazova
tenor: Beno Blachut
bass: Zdenek Kroupa
organ: Milan Slechta
chorus master: Josef Veselka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Philharmonic Choir
2.Gloria00:05:06
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Jaroslava Vymazalova
contralto: Marie Mrazova
tenor: Beno Blachut
bass: Zdenek Kroupa
organ: Milan Slechta
chorus master: Josef Veselka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Philharmonic Choir
3.Graduale00:03:14
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Jaroslava Vymazalova
contralto: Marie Mrazova
tenor: Beno Blachut
bass: Zdenek Kroupa
organ: Milan Slechta
chorus master: Josef Veselka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Philharmonic Choir
4.Credo00:05:54
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Jaroslava Vymazalova
contralto: Marie Mrazova
tenor: Beno Blachut
bass: Zdenek Kroupa
organ: Milan Slechta
chorus master: Josef Veselka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Philharmonic Choir
5.Offertorium00:07:00
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Jaroslava Vymazalova
contralto: Marie Mrazova
tenor: Beno Blachut
bass: Zdenek Kroupa
organ: Milan Slechta
chorus master: Josef Veselka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Philharmonic Choir
6.Sanctus00:02:09
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Jaroslava Vymazalova
contralto: Marie Mrazova
tenor: Beno Blachut
bass: Zdenek Kroupa
organ: Milan Slechta
chorus master: Josef Veselka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Philharmonic Choir
7.Benedictus00:03:23
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Jaroslava Vymazalova
contralto: Marie Mrazova
tenor: Beno Blachut
bass: Zdenek Kroupa
organ: Milan Slechta
chorus master: Josef Veselka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Philharmonic Choir
8.Agnus00:03:13
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Jaroslava Vymazalova
contralto: Marie Mrazova
tenor: Beno Blachut
bass: Zdenek Kroupa
organ: Milan Slechta
chorus master: Josef Veselka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Philharmonic Choir
9.Communio00:02:52
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Jaroslava Vymazalova
contralto: Marie Mrazova
tenor: Beno Blachut
bass: Zdenek Kroupa
organ: Milan Slechta
chorus master: Josef Veselka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Philharmonic Choir
2.My Lovely Nightingale. Pastorella for soprano, flute, organ and orchestra00:04:14
music by: Jakub Jan Ryba
original lyrics by: Jakub Jan Ryba
soprano: Helena Tattermuschova
flute: Jaroslav Josifko
organ: Jaroslav Vodrazka
conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
Prague Symphony Orchestra



Title details

Catalogue numberSU 3658-2 211
Medium CD
Total time00:42:59
Release date2002
(P)1966
PublisherSUPRAPHON
Barcode099925365820
RecordedAAD

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