F. X. Richter - Te Deum 1781, Exsultate Deo, Oboe Concerto
Franz Xaver Richter (1709-1789) - Te Deum 1781, Exsultate Deo (from Quatro Motetti per la processione del Corpus Christi)*, Oboe Concerto in F*, Sinfonia No. 52 in D
Markéta Böhmová, Pavla Radostová - soprano, Piotr Olech - alto, Jaroslav Březina, Jakub Kubín - tenor, Jiří M. Procházka - bass, Luise Haugk - oboe, Czech Ensemble Baroque, conductor: Roman Válek
Nearly 1,000 kilometres separate Holešov, Moravia, from Strasbourg, if one takes a detour through Mannheim. Franz Xaver Richter's professional journey started in Count Rottal's court orchestra in Holešov and ended in the prestigious post of Kapellmeister at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Strasbourg. He is primarily known as one of the major representatives of the renowned Mannheim School, with his "trumpet" Sinfonia No. 52 in D being a typical example of the late Mannheim form. The grandiose Te Deum, featured on the present CD, is Richter's second setting of the hymn and was first performed in 1781 in Strasbourg, during the celebrations marking the centenary of the city's coming under French administration. Along with the motet Exsultate Deo, the piece falls within the composer's vocal-instrumental oeuvre, which has yet to be explored (and, just as in the case of Jan Dismas Zelenka's music, contains many unexpected twists and turns). The virtuoso, engrossing and masterfully balanced Oboe Concerto with the original cadenzas represents Richter's concertante style. Following their premiere recordings of Richter's Requiem (Supraphon, SU 4177-2) and the Passion oratorio La Deposizione dalla croce di Ges? Cristo (SU 4204-2), the present Czech Ensemble Baroque CD maps another part of the remarkable 18th-century composer's work.
Newly discovered gems from Franz Xaver Richter's undeservedly overlooked oeuvre.
“The composer cannot take all the credit, though; this is a team effort,
and Válek and his excellent musicians (the choir has four singers per part and
he uses 44221 strings) are perfect advocates of their compatriot’s output;
the soloists are taken from the tutti group (with the exception of tracks 5 and
9 where another tenor is used), and throughout the singing is first rate with
nicely articulated lines and neat ornamentation. The booklet notes, which say no
more than they have to (in four languages!), promise more releases in the
series – I, for one, shall be waiting!” Early Music Review, February 2018
“It’s still a hugely enjoyable reminder of an undersung European
composer – one of his talents the Supraphon label is determined to remind
you. This is the Czech Ensemble’s third Richter recording for the
label.” BBC Radio 3 Record Review, March 2018
“A most remarkable and beautiful cd with music worthwhile discovering.
Stretto, March 2018
“Válek peine à animer un orchestre compact, aux tutti épais mais aux
interventions solistes acceptables. L'habileté expressive des chanteurs
compense en partie seulement des voix sans pulpe et leur rusticité technique.
Les quatre qui dialoguent dans le bref Exsultate Deo s'en tirent mieux avec des
élans alla Haydn, tout en valorisant l'étrange saveur harmonique dela section
centrale.” Diapason, May 2018
“The Czech Ensemble Baroque Orchestra uses period instruments, but these
are not harsh or overly fast performances. Indeed in the Sinfonia where I could
make a comparison with the Chandos recording of the London Mozart Players,
I felt this new, less smooth version suited the joyous and triumphant music
better. The sound quality is very good as are the notes. This is the third
release by these artists on Supraphon of his vocal music; the others have both
been well received on these pages. I certainly am not about to differ from the
party line.” MusicWeb International, June 2018