Program: #02-49, Air Date: 12/09/02Our 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
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
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.
JAN DISMA ZELENKA (1679-1745), JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)