Bergen Festival 2002

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Program: #02-49, Air Date: 12/09/02

Our friends at the most recent Bergen festival also presented a sweeping and rare Requiem mass in 2002--the beautiful setting by the Bohemian composer who spent most of his creative life in the court at Dresden, Jan Dismas Zelenka.

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All of the music on this program is from the 2002 Bergen International

Music Festival, and features the Akademie fur Alte Musik, Berlin and

the Dresden Chamber Choir. This recording was made in the Domkirken

in Bergen.

 

JAN DISMA ZELENKA (1679-1745): Requiem fur August der Starken.

--This requiem was written for August the Strong, who coverted to Catholicism

after the death of King John II to become King of Poland in 1696. As Elector,

he was also ruler of Saxony; under his reign Dresden reached its zenith of wealth and

artistic influence.

 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750): Trauer Ode: Funeral Cantata for

Electoral Princess Christiane Eberhardine, BWV 198.

--The Princess (of Brandenburg) was the wife of August the Strong;

she pre-deceased him by six years.

 

The Akademie fur Alte Musik, Berlin records for Harmonia Mundi.

Composer Info

JAN DISMA ZELENKA (1679-1745), JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)