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Pavel Klikar, Musica Antiqua Praha

Baroque Music in Prague

Recently discovered and to date unreleased recordings represent the last major project of Musica Antiqua Praha, which was during the fifteen years of its existence (1982 – 1997) the most eminent Czech early music ensemble focused above all on the performance of early and middle Baroque music. The album comprises compositions that were part of the archives of the Prague Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star, recorded by Musica Antiqua in 1996 in a world premiere. The Order’s heritage includes more than three centuries of musical tradition, documented by a rarely preserved music archive. The album features music by four composers from the 17th and 18th century. Pavel Klikar, the founder and artistic director of Musica Antiqua Praha, is the major figure inextricably associated with the ensemble, whose inspirational leadership helped to create an important seedbed which brought forth a whole generation of early music performers. From among these recruited the founders and members of the new ensembles that originated in the Czech Republic during the 1990s, as well as number of foremost Czech vocalists, among them Anna Hlavenková, Irena Troupová, Magdalena Kožená and Michael Pospíšil. From the late 1980s, Musica Antiqua Praha was recognized as one of the top European ensembles specializing in historically-informed interpretation. It was recognized for its exceptionally broad repertoire and conceptual programmes, specific performance style and astonishing spiritual intensity. The ensemble was a regular guest at many prestigious festivals abroad (the UK, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain), where it met with great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Musica Antiqua Praha released five albums during the 1990s. The release of this album thus symbolically reconfirms the lasting influence of this exceptional music ensemble that laid the basis of authentic interpretation of early music in modern Czechia.

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O Crux Venerabilis
(Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer)
Crux Tua, Domine
(Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer)
Sonata a 6
(Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer)
Motetto di San Giovanni Nepomuceno
(Ferdinand Tobias Richter)
Motetto de Beata Vergine
(Ferdinand Tobias Richter)
Motetto de Dedicatione Ecclesiae
(Georg Reutter)
Offertorium de Passione Domini
(Benedikt Anton Aufschnaiter)
Personnel and sound:

Musica Antiqua Praha
Pavel Klikar – artistic director


Anna Hlavenková – soprano
Petra Noskaiová – mezzo-soprano
Lubomír Moravec – countertenor
Stanislav Předota – tenor
Michael Pospíšil – bass


Zuzana Onjdřejčková – baroque violin
Jiřina Štrynclová – baroque violin
Dagmar Valentová – baroque violin (3)
Kateřina Trnavská – baroque viola
Ingeborg Radok Žádná – baroque cello, viola da gamba
Petr Solnička – baroque double-bass (violone), viola da gamba
Přemysl Vacek – archlute
Pavel Klikar – organ


Recording: Pavel Klikar, Tomáš Štern, Pavel Bukovský (Městská hudební síň v Hradec Králové)
Mastering: Pavel Jordánek

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Photos (print quality)
Pavel Klikar, foto: Zuzana Bönisch
Musica Antiqua Praha, foto: Pavel Klikar
Pavel Klikar, foto: Zuzana Bönisch
Pavel Klikar, foto: Zuzana Bönisch


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