Jan Dismas Zelenka
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1679-10-16
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Biography

Jan Dismas Zelenka was born in Lounovice, not far from Prague, the son of the local organist and choirmaster. It is probable that he was educated at the Jesuit Collegium Clementinum in Prague, and his earliest employment seems to have ...

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European Union Baroque Orchestra, Jan Dismas Zelenka & Roy Goodman
1st movement [Allegro] from Sinfonia a 8 Concertanti in A minor (ZWV.189)
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1st movement [Allegro] from Sinfonia a 8 Concertanti in A minor (ZWV.189) 1st movement [Allegro] from Sinfonia a 8 Concertanti in A minor (ZWV.189) 1st movement [Allegro] from Sinfonia a 8 Concertanti in A minor (ZWV.189) 1st movement [Allegro] from Sinfonia a 8 Concertanti in A minor (ZWV.189)
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Collegium 1704, Vaclav Cizek, Hana Blažíková, Jaromir Nosek, Tomas Kral, Kamila Mazalova & Collegium Vocale 1704
Requiem mass in D major, ZWV.46
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Jan Dismas Zelenka, Alexander Van Wijnkoop & Camerata Bern
Capriccio No.5 in G major
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Capriccio No.5 in G major Capriccio No.5 in G major Capriccio No.5 in G major Capriccio No.5 in G major
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Chiara Banchini, violin & Ku Ebbinge, oboe
Trio Sonata no 4 in G minor for violin, oboe, bassoon and basso continuo
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Trio Sonata no 4 in G minor for violin, oboe, bassoon and basso continuo Trio Sonata no 4 in G minor for violin, oboe, bassoon and basso continuo Trio Sonata no 4 in G minor for violin, oboe, bassoon and basso continuo Trio Sonata no 4 in G minor for violin, oboe, bassoon and basso continuo
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Alexis Kossenko & Les Ambassadeurs
Overture a 7 in F major ZWV.188
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Jan Dismas Zelenka, Václav Luks, Martina Janková, Krystian Adam Krzeszowiak, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Dresden Chamber Choir & Felix Rumpf
Missa Dei filii (Missa ultimarum secundat) ZWV.20 for soloists, chorus and orche
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Missa Dei filii (Missa ultimarum secundat) ZWV.20 for soloists, chorus and orche

Conductor
Singer
Martina Janková
Krystian Adam Krzeszowiak
Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Felix Rumpf
Orchestra
Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
Choir
Dresden Chamber Choir
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Václav Luks, Martina Janková, Isabel Jantschek, Krystian Adam Krzeszowiak, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Dresden Chamber Choir, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra & Felix Rumpf
Te Deum in D major ZWV.146 for chorus and orchestra
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Te Deum in D major ZWV.146 for chorus and orchestra Te Deum in D major ZWV.146 for chorus and orchestra Te Deum in D major ZWV.146 for chorus and orchestra Te Deum in D major ZWV.146 for chorus and orchestra

Te Deum in D major ZWV.146 for chorus and orchestra

Conductor
Singer
Martina Janková
Isabel Jantschek
Krystian Adam Krzeszowiak
Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Felix Rumpf
Choir
Dresden Chamber Choir
Orchestra
Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik & Stuttgart Chamber Choir
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris & Quoniam tu solus Sanctus from Missa Dei Filii
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Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris & Quoniam tu solus Sanctus from Missa Dei Filii Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris & Quoniam tu solus Sanctus from Missa Dei Filii Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris & Quoniam tu solus Sanctus from Missa Dei Filii Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris & Quoniam tu solus Sanctus from Missa Dei Filii
Czech Chamber Choir, Petr Chromcak, Jan Dismas Zelenka & Virtuosi di Praga
De profundis (Psalm 129) in D minor
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De profundis (Psalm 129) in D minor De profundis (Psalm 129) in D minor De profundis (Psalm 129) in D minor De profundis (Psalm 129) in D minor
Wolfgang Kube, Andrew Joy, Rainer Jurkiewicz, Rhoda Patrick, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Ekkehard Hering & Bernhard Forck
Capriccio (ZWV.184) in F major (1718)
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Capriccio (ZWV.184) in F major (1718) Capriccio (ZWV.184) in F major (1718) Capriccio (ZWV.184) in F major (1718) Capriccio (ZWV.184) in F major (1718)
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Musica Florea, Marek Štryncl & Roman Janal
Confitebor tibi Domine, motet in C minor (Psalm 110)
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Confitebor tibi Domine, motet in C minor (Psalm 110) Confitebor tibi Domine, motet in C minor (Psalm 110) Confitebor tibi Domine, motet in C minor (Psalm 110) Confitebor tibi Domine, motet in C minor (Psalm 110)
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Alexis Kossenko & Les Ambassadeurs
Suite in F major
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Suite in F major Suite in F major Suite in F major Suite in F major
Barbora Sojkova, Stanislava Mihalcova, Marta Fadljevicova, Marketa Cukrova, Sylva Cmugrova, Daniela Cermakova, Cenek Svoboda, Tomas Kral, Jaromir Nosek, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Jaroslav Březina, Musica Florea & Marek Štryncl
Missa Nativitatis Domini, ZWV.8
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Missa Nativitatis Domini, ZWV.8 Missa Nativitatis Domini, ZWV.8 Missa Nativitatis Domini, ZWV.8 Missa Nativitatis Domini, ZWV.8

Missa Nativitatis Domini, ZWV.8

Singer
Marta Fadljevicova
Cenek Svoboda
Jaromir Nosek
Tomas Kral
Daniela Cermakova
Barbora Sojkova
Stanislava Mihalcova
Jaroslav Březina
Sylva Cmugrova
Marketa Cukrova
Orchestra
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Alexis Kossenko, Delphine Galou & Les Ambassadeurs
E voi siete d'altri, o labra soavi, ZWV 176
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E voi siete d'altri, o labra soavi, ZWV 176 E voi siete d'altri, o labra soavi, ZWV 176 E voi siete d'altri, o labra soavi, ZWV 176 E voi siete d'altri, o labra soavi, ZWV 176
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Hermann Max & Rheinische Kantorei
Miserere in C minor, ZWV 57 – Miserere, 1: Adagio
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Miserere in C minor, ZWV 57 – Miserere, 1: Adagio Miserere in C minor, ZWV 57 – Miserere, 1: Adagio Miserere in C minor, ZWV 57 – Miserere, 1: Adagio Miserere in C minor, ZWV 57 – Miserere, 1: Adagio
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Masaaki Suzuki & Bach Collegium Japan
Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108 – 1. Magnificat anima mea Dominum
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Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108 – 1. Magnificat anima mea Dominum Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108 – 1. Magnificat anima mea Dominum Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108 – 1. Magnificat anima mea Dominum Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108 – 1. Magnificat anima mea Dominum
Jan Dismas Zelenka & Ensemble Zefiro
Allegro from Sonata IV
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Allegro from Sonata IV Allegro from Sonata IV Allegro from Sonata IV Allegro from Sonata IV
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Marek Štryncl & Musica Florea, Prague
Symphonia - Under the Olive Tree of Peace and the Palm Tree of Virtue ........
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Symphonia  - Under the Olive Tree of Peace and the Palm Tree of Virtue ........ Symphonia  - Under the Olive Tree of Peace and the Palm Tree of Virtue ........ Symphonia  - Under the Olive Tree of Peace and the Palm Tree of Virtue ........ Symphonia  - Under the Olive Tree of Peace and the Palm Tree of Virtue ........
Barbora Sojkova, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Musica Florea & Marek Štryncl
Magnificat in C, ZWV.107
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Magnificat in C, ZWV.107 Magnificat in C, ZWV.107 Magnificat in C, ZWV.107 Magnificat in C, ZWV.107
Lucio Buccarella, Heinz Holliger, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Saschko Gawriloff, Klaus Thonemann & Christiane Jaccottet
Trio sonata no. 5 in F major, no.3; Allegro
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Trio sonata no. 5 in F major, no.3; Allegro Trio sonata no. 5 in F major, no.3; Allegro Trio sonata no. 5 in F major, no.3; Allegro Trio sonata no. 5 in F major, no.3; Allegro
Heinz Holliger, Saschko Gawriloff, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Klaus Thunemann, Christiane Jaccottet & Lucio Buccarella
Sonata no 3 in B flat: Allegro (2nd mvt of 4)
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Sonata no 3 in B flat: Allegro (2nd mvt of 4) Sonata no 3 in B flat: Allegro (2nd mvt of 4) Sonata no 3 in B flat: Allegro (2nd mvt of 4) Sonata no 3 in B flat: Allegro (2nd mvt of 4)
Jan Dismas Zelenka, Collegium 1704, Céline Scheen, Tobias Berndt, Collegium Vocale 1704, Krystian Adam, Terry Wey & Václav Luks
Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis - melodrama de S. Wenceslao ZWV.175
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Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis - melodrama de S. Wenceslao ZWV.175 Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis - melodrama de S. Wenceslao ZWV.175 Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis - melodrama de S. Wenceslao ZWV.175 Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis - melodrama de S. Wenceslao ZWV.175
Marketa Cukrova, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Musica Florea & Marek Štryncl
O magnum mysterium (Moteto pro nativitate, ZWV.171)
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O magnum mysterium (Moteto pro nativitate, ZWV.171) O magnum mysterium (Moteto pro nativitate, ZWV.171) O magnum mysterium (Moteto pro nativitate, ZWV.171) O magnum mysterium (Moteto pro nativitate, ZWV.171)
Tomas Kral, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Musica Florea & Marek Štryncl
Chvalte boha silného (Praise God Almighty), ZWV.165
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Chvalte boha silného (Praise God Almighty), ZWV.165 Chvalte boha silného (Praise God Almighty), ZWV.165 Chvalte boha silného (Praise God Almighty), ZWV.165 Chvalte boha silného (Praise God Almighty), ZWV.165
Ensemble Marsyas & Jan Dismas Zelenka
Trio sonata no. 5 in F major: Allegro
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Trio sonata no. 5 in F major: Allegro Trio sonata no. 5 in F major: Allegro Trio sonata no. 5 in F major: Allegro Trio sonata no. 5 in F major: Allegro
Carolyn Sampson, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Rebecca Outram, Robin Blaze & The King's Consort
Regina coeli ZWV.134 for 2 sopranos, altos and ensemble
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Regina coeli ZWV.134 for 2 sopranos, altos and ensemble Regina coeli ZWV.134 for 2 sopranos, altos and ensemble Regina coeli ZWV.134 for 2 sopranos, altos and ensemble Regina coeli ZWV.134 for 2 sopranos, altos and ensemble
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Biography

Jan Dismas Zelenka was born in Lounovice, not far from Prague, the son of the local organist and choirmaster. It is probable that he was educated at the Jesuit Collegium Clementinum in Prague, and his earliest employment seems to have been in that city as well, but in 1710 he moved to Dresden to join the orchestra of Friedrich August I, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, as a double bass player.

The Dresden court musical establishment (or Kapelle) was one of the grandest in Europe, and there Zelenka worked alongside other distinguished musicians such as Pisendel, Quantz and Veracini. A further widening of his experience came in 1716, when he was one of four court musicians selected to travel to Italy for a study tour. It is not certain whether or not Zelenka actually made it as far as Italy (unsubstantiated reports claim that he had lessons from Antonio Lotti in Venice and also visited Naples), but it is known that from 1717 to 1719 he was in Vienna, where he studied with Johann Joseph Fux.

On his return to Dresden, Zelenka began to compose on a regular basis for the Electoral Chapel, which was rapidly becoming an important centre for Catholic church music in what was a predominantly Lutheran part of Germany. This work was interrupted for a trip back to Prague in the early 1720s, but taken up again even more keenly on his return; the majority of his surviving works date from this time.

Despite this, he seems to have received little recognition from his employers, gaining no official enhancement to his salary or status even when, following the death of the Kapellmeister Johann David Heinichen in 1729, Zelenka took over many of his duties. Worse still, Zelenka’s hopes of formally succeeding Heinichen were dashed when the younger and more fashionable Johann Adolf Hasse was appointed to the post instead. By the time Zelenka finally got a pay-rise in 1736, interest in church music was waning in Dresden, and in his last years he was a marginalised figure.

Zelenka’s music combines rigorous construction with a distinctive melodic and harmonic individualism, and ranges in tone from high seriousness to quirky humour. His interest in the work of earlier masters such as Palestrina and Frescobaldi was unusual for his time, and his skills in counterpoint won admiration from Bach, yet at the same time he was as responsive as any of his German colleagues to the latest Baroque developments from France and Italy.

Of his personality, we are told by a contemporary that he was ‘a reserved and bigoted Catholic, but also a respectable, quiet, unassuming man, deserving of the greatest respect’.

Profile © Lindsay Kemp, 2004

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