Collegium Marianum, Jana Semerádová

Jiránek: Concertos & Sinfonias. Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague

Catalogue Number: SU 4039-2
Published: 22nd October 2010
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
This album has received following awards:
  • IRR Outstanding, International Record Review, December 2009 (2011)
František Jiránek (1698-1778) - Sinfonia in D major, Bassoon Concertos in G minor and F major, Flute Concerto in G major, Violin Concerto in D minor, Sinfonia in F major

Sergio Azzolini - Baroque bassoon, Marina Katarzhnova - violin, Jana Semerádová - flauto traverso
Collegium Marianum, Artistic Director: Jana Semerádová
(period instruments)

Ever newer chapters from the history of the bountiful musical life of Baroque Prague are still being discovered today. Until recently, František Jiránek, a composer and violinist of the Prague-based Count Morzin's chapel, had only been known to a select few. Now, for the first time, all lovers of old music are afforded the opportunity to listen to an exquisite collection of his virtuoso concertos. At first hearing, we can recognise inspiration by Vivaldi (combined with distinct elements of Czech musicality) - after all, Jiránek was sent by his employer to study in Venice, where most likely Antonio Vivaldi himself, at the time Morzin's "maestro di musica in Italia", was his teacher. Later on, Jiránek worked in Dresden, where his further creation was gradually formed by the Galant style and the ascending Classicism. The world premiere of Jiránek's virtuoso concertos has been undertaken by superlative soloists headed by the "wizard" bassoonist Sergio Azzolini. With full engagement, together with Collegium Marianum under the flautist Jana Semerádová, they have breathed new life into Jiránek, which this rediscovered composer sorichly deserves.

Virtuoso concertos by Antonio Vivaldi's Czech pupil revived in the 21st century


“After the thoroughly professional and exploratory earlier volumes of the ‚Music from 'Eighteenth-Century Prague‘ series, I expected this to be a worthwhile recording; but the music of the hitherto obscure Jiránek exceeded all expectations.“
International Record Review, May 2011

František Jiránek
Concerto for Bassoon, Strings and Basso continuo in G minor
1. Adagio - Un poco allegro - Adagio - Allegro 05:21
2. Adagio 04:14
3. Vivace 03:59
František Jiránek
Concerto for Flute, Strings and Basso continuo in G major
4. Allegro moderato 03:48
5. Adagio 03:48
6. Allegro 03:29
František Jiránek
Sinfonia in D major
7. Allegro 02:43
8. Andante 03:08
9. Allegro 01:50
František Jiránek
Concerto for Bassoon, Strings and Basso continuo in F major
10. Allegro non molto 03:51
11. Adagio 02:18
12. Allegro 03:39
František Jiránek
Concerto for Violin, Strings and Basso continuo in D minor
13. Allegro non molto 06:07
14. Grave 03:50
15. Allegro 06:04
František Jiránek
Sinfonia in F major
16. Allegro assai 02:28
17. Andante 03:46
18. Allegro 02:25