Musica Florea

Formed 1992.


Musica Florea is Czech Baroque music ensemble, founded 1992 by conductor and cellist Marek Štryncl, located in Prague.

The group of young professionals with a common interest in the study and authentic performance of Baroque music engaged primarily in performances and recordings of Baroque era music, but its repertoire extends from the early Baroque through masterpieces from that era's culminating decades to music in the Classical style. It includes instrumental chamber music, vocal-instrumental works both sacred and secular, orchestral concertos, and monumental works in the genres of opera and oratorio. Playing on original instruments, supported by study of period sources and aesthetics, has become indispensable and at the same time a characteristic trait of the ensemble.

Musica Florea enjoyed soon its first notable success, including a performance and recording of Jan Dismas Zelenka's Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis, which received an award from the music magazine Diapason in 1995. A recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's arias from cantatas and oratoria with Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená received Czech music award Golden Harmony in 1997. For the time being,[when?] the most success of the ensemble was Cannes Classical Award for the recording of Zelenka's melodrama Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis in 2003. Both Zelenka's works are world premiere recordings.

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