Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis conspicua orbi regia Bohemiae corona

Actus I - Aria (Meto culmos, lego spicas)

  • Recorded: 19th July 2000
  • Record Place: Rothmayer Hall of Prague Castle
  • First Release: 2001
  • (P) 2001 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Vocal - choir piece


  • music by: Jan Dismas Zelenka
  • original lyrics by: Matouš Zill
  • soprano: Noémi Kiss
  • countertenor: Markus Forster
  • conductor: Marek Štryncl
  • musical group: Musica Florea
  • musical group: Musica Aeterna
  • musical group: Ensemble Philidor


Various Artists

Zelenka: Melodrama de Sancto Wenceslao ZWV 175. Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague

Catalogue Number: SU 4113-2
Published: 7th September 2012
First release: SUPRAPHON, 2001
Genre: Vocal - Religious
Format: 2 CD
Jan Dismas Zelenka - Melodrama de Sancto Wenceslao ZWV 175

Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis conspicua orbi Regia Bohemiae Corona (Under the Olive Tree of Peace and the Palm Tree of Virtue the Crown of Bohemia Splendidly Shines Before the Whole World), 1723
Bonus: Facsimile of the original printed libretto from 1723 (in PDF format)

Noémi Kiss, Anna Hlavenková - soprano, Markus Forster - countertenor, Jaroslav Březina, Adam Zdunikowski - tenor, Aleš Procházka - bass
Musica Florea, Musica Aeterna, Ensemble Philidor, Boni Pueri, conductor: Marek Štryncl

The coronation of Charles VI as Czech king in Prague was the event of 1723. Besides the Imperial Kapellmeister J. J. Fux's monumental opera Costanza e Fortezza, the greatest attention was paid to the melodrama Sub olea pacis, created by Fux's pupil Jan Dismas Zelenka, who at the time had been double-bassist in the Dresden court orchestra for more than a decade. In a succession of allegories, the composer guides us through the history of the Czech lands and evidences the genealogically founded title of the Habsburg royal couple to the crown of Bohemia, as well as their reign's benefit for the Czech people. Owing to its quality, the music clearly eclipses this encomiastic work's other components. Zelenka ingeniously works with instrumentation and frequently makes effective use of obbligato solo instruments (including the chalumeau). Over 150 performers appeared in the play, among them the thirteen-year-old František Benda. The performance at the Jesuit Klementinum met with a tremendous response among the noble audience and the royal couple alike, while the Jesuits sold over 4,000 (!) printed librettos. The work's most recent and similarly spectacular staging was at Prague Castle in 2000, performed by leading Czech and other European ensembles. This critically acclaimed recording was made on that very occasion.

Prague 1723 - Zelenka's grandiose music in tribute to the newly crowned Czech king.


”From instrumental obbligatos to antiphonal choruses it’s all so fresh and exuberant.”
The Times, 22nd September 2012

CD 1

Jan Dismas Zelenka
Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis conspicua orbi regia Bohemiae corona
1. Symphonia. Allegro assai 05:55
2. Prolusio - Chorus. Allegro (Fortitudo mea) 04:21
3. Prolusio - Aria. Allegro (Haec coeli) 03:45
4. Prolusio - Recitativus (Hem! Quae ista?) 00:48
5. Prolusio - Aria. Andante (En! Pietatis adamas) 02:58
6. Prolusio - Recitativus (Dura certamina) 00:27
7. Prolusio - Aria. Allegro (Huc palmas deferte) 02:54
8. Prolusio - Recitativus (Haec summa Gloriae) 00:45
9. Prolusio - Aria. Allegro (Augusta domus Austriae) 02:57
10. Actus I - Aria. Allegro (I, Phoebe, umbras pelle) 02:35
11. Actus I - Recitativus (En, Fidei aemula) 00:33
12. Actus I - Aria. Andante (Huc, Virtutes, festinate) 03:10
13. Actus I - Chorus. Allegro (Eja de figmentis) 01:19
14. Actus I - Recitativus (Eja Pietati comes) 00:24
15. Actus I - Aria (Jam calle secundo) 02:08
16. Actus I - Ritornello. Piu andante 01:15
17. Actus I - Recitativus (Nunquid non messis tritici est?) 00:18
18. Actus I - Aria (Meto culmos, lego spicas) 03:05

CD 2

Jan Dismas Zelenka
Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis conspicua orbi regia Bohemiae corona
1. Actus II - Recitativus (Quicunque glorificaverit me) 00:23
2. Actus II - Aria. Allegro (Angelicae mentes) 04:55
3. Actus II - Chorus (En prompti ad mandata) 02:37
4. Actus II - Aria. Adagio (Ave, Deus recondite) 07:32
5. Actus II - Recitativus (Proh! Quae aeris inclementia) 00:51
6. Actus II - Aria. Andante (Veni, Auster, lux perennis) 04:47
7. Actus II - Recitativus (Per me reges regnant) 00:34
8. Actus II - Aria. Allegro assai (Exurge, Providentia!) 04:13
9. Actus II - Recitativus (Corona Gloriae in manu Domini) 00:18
10. Actus II - Aria. Andante (Huc coeli principes) 07:18
11. Actus III - Aria. Allegro (Reviresce, effloresce, pacis olea) 03:01
12. Actus III - Recitativus (Aptate tympana) 00:33
13. Actus III - Aria and Chorus (Vive, regna, Ferdinande) 02:08
14. Actus III - Aria. Allegro (Nova gaudia, nova jubila) 02:23
15. Actus III - Aria. Allegro (En, duplo sole Czechia) 05:21
16. Epilogus - Recitativus (Eja! Votivi omnia secundent plausus!) 00:30
17. Epilogus - Aria. Allegro (Exurge Martis Gloria) 03:22
18. Epilogus - Chorus. Vivace (Vos Oriens adoret) 04:43