The Litanies of St. Francis Xavier
Explore some of this exquisite choral music on this generous 2 CD set featuring the Schola Cantorum: the Litaniae Xaverianae, five psalms, the Magnificat in D, the Alma Redemptoris Mater composed by Jan Dismas Zelenka.
Of Zelenka's liturgical works, one 19th century commentator wrote: "Everything is combined here to make the master equal to the greatest contemporaries and to seriously challenge us to his revival." Explore some of this exquisite choral music on this generous 2 CD set featuring the Schola Cantorum and the Schola Cantorum Baroque Players: the Litaniae Xaverianae, five psalms, the Magnificat in D, the Alma Redemptoris Mater and much more.
A must for early choral music enthusiasts!
Gary Ekkel is a leading Australian interpreter of choral and Early Music.
Schola Cantorum of Melbourne has established a reputation for presenting sacred music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque together with Gregorian chant in historical and innovative contexts.
“Overall, these Australian artists carry off this ambitious project well. The choir is disciplined ... all the soloists have attractive voices and sing in historically informed style ... the period instrument orchestra is quite polished.” ★★★
— Christopher Price, Goldberg Magazine
“Jan Dismas Zelenka is an extraordinary composer, extremely passionate, and well worth listening to - as witness this Australia recording on the Move label ... We're in the company here of some wonderful Australian singers and ... Baroque performers as well ... I think you'll be having a nice time listening to this ...”
— Charles Southwood, ABC Classic FM
“This very praiseworthy Australian recording, beautifully recorded and packaged, is deserving of the attention of all lovers of fine baroque church music.”
— Bill Hoffmann, Canberra Times
“Historical instruments give added depth ... inspiration for modern day singers.”
— Chris Copas, The Star
“this performance makes a good impact: the soloists are fine and the organ does not dominate though it is used to give strength at the beginning”
— David Nelson, JDZelenka.net
Dixit Dominus (ZWV66)
Beatus Vir (ZWV75)
Laudate Pueri (ZWV82)
Laudate Dominum (ZWV87)
Litaniae Xaverianae (ZWV155)
Alma Redemptoris Mater (ZWV124)
with the hymn Iste Confessor, antiphons, responses and prayers in Gregorian Chant