Program: #18-29, Air Date: 07/09/18We know little of the early Baroque Polish master Mikolaj Zielenski, but his ravishing setting of the mysteries of the Rosary is newly-recorded, and we hear it this week.
N.B.—All of the music on this program is from the recording Mikolaj Zielenski: Rosarium Virginis Mariae. It features the ensemble La Tempesta & the Early Music Ensemble of Warsaw conducted by Jakub Burzynski, and is on the Divox Antiqua label, CDX 71401-6.
The "Rosary Prayer" - notably the most important, best-known and most widespread popular prayer of the Catholic Church - has circulated already in the Middle Ages in Europe and inspired the greatest artists to create works that are admired to this day (Albrecht Dürer, Heinrich Biber). We are very proud that with this production a small "treasure" on this topic is finally lifted. Pope Pius V had formally established how to pray the Marian Rosary in a 1569 bull; it can be assumed that Zielenski - at that time already born – therefore followed this order:
• Joyful Mysteries • Sorrowful Mysteries • Glorious Mysteries
Since then, there has been no significant change until in 2002 John Paul II added the group of the "Luminous Mysteries" to the Rosary. founder and conductor of the ensemble 'La Tempesta', Jakub Burzynski, explores this work by Polish composer Mikolaj Zielenski (1560-1620), with the intention of optimally reconstructing the richness of the texture and the style of his music, whilst at the same time preserving the sound of the epoch as faithfully as possible (singers: only contratenors, falsettists, instead of boys' voices, instruments: zinks, baroque trombones, dulcian, viola da gamba, lute and chitarrone, organ positive).
1. Annuntiatio. Ecce Virgo Concipiet
2. Visitatio. Magnificat
3. Nativitas. Laity Caeli
4. Presentatio Iesu. Responsum Accepit
5. Inventio: Fantasia
6. Agonia Iesu in Horto. In Monte Oliveti
7. Flagellation Iesu. Quotiuscumque Manducabitis
8. Coronatio Iesu Spinis. Fantasia
9. Portatio Crucis. Per Signum Crucis
10. Crucifixio Iesu. Adoramus
11. Resurrectio. Surrexite Dominus
12. Ascensio. Psallite Domino
13. Descensio Sancti Spiritus. Factus Est Repente
14. Assumptio. Fantasia
15. Coroantio. Assumpta It Maria
16. O Gloriosa Domina
Mikolaj Zielenski (1560-1620),