Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, Jiří Bárta


Catalogue Number: SU 4009-2
Published: 28th May 2010
Genre: Vocal - Religious
Format: 1 CD
Gregorian chants, medieval polyphony, Arvo Pärt - Fratres, Paweł Szymański - Miserere, Peter Graham - Suite for Cello Solo, Martin Smolka - In the Gorge

Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, artistic director David Eben, Jiří Bárta - cello
Guests: Kateřina Englichová - harp, Jitka Vlašánková - cello, David Řehoř - vibraphone

The renowned ensemble Schola Gregoriana Pragensis and the leading Czech cellist Jiří Bárta have been pursuing dialogues on concert stages for a number of years. They share abundant experience ofmusic both early and contemporary, improvisation and seeking. The fruit of their encounters is a recording that is a multilayered dialogue between the sonorous sound of the cello and the male voice, a dialogue between the chorale and medieval polyphony and the creation of the past few decades, music written and improvised. The idea of "mirroring the past in the present" isthe overarching theme connecting pieces by contemporary composers. Peter Graham's Suite for Cello Solo reveals his having been inspired by Bach solo suites. The contemporary musical phraseology and the Gregorian tradition are originally interconnected in the meditative composition Miserere by the Polish creator Paweł Szymański, while the structure of Arvo Pärt's famous piece Fratres is a sort of reminiscence of medieval polyphony. The music, in places verging on silence, affords the listener scope for inner soothing and perception of fine nuances that often remain concealed tous in the turbulent world around.


“Very often, „crossover“ means musicians talking (or singing, or playing) past each other. This is something rather different, and the tone is set by the appearance of the solo cello playing the chant with the excellent singers of Schola Cantorum Pragensis. It's intriguing and beautiful…Recording quality is excellent, and no vocal or instrumental subtlety is lost. Highly recommended.“
Gramophone, December 2010

Gregorian chan
1. Graduale Universi 02:49
Gregorian chan
2. Alleluia Ostende nobis 02:11
Gregorian chan
3. Lectio Primo tempore 05:01
Jaroslav Šťastný
Suite for Cello Solo
4. Goya 04:50
5. Geometric Thoughts 05:17
Pavel Szymański
6. Miserere for male voices, vibraphone, harp and 4 cellos 15:43
Gregorian chan
7. Litaniae Divinae pacis 05:16
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8. Graduale Universi (reminiscence) 00:58
Gregorian chan
9. Cantio Ad honorem sempiterni 02:02
Gregorian chan
10. Antiphona Cum appropinquarent 03:41
Arvo Pärt
11. Fratres for male voices and 2 cellos 09:14
Martin Smolka
12. In The Gorge for Cello Solo 06:53