Jan Josef Ignac Brentner, Concertos & Arias, Collegium Marianum, Supraphon SU 3970-2 231 (2009)

Music from XVIII Century Prague by Simon Brixi and Jan Josef Ignac Brentner
Concerto III. in B flat major (Horae pomeridianae), Op. 4
Concerto I. in G minor (Horae pomeridianae), Op. 4
Aria XII. (Harmonica dudecatometria ecclesiastica), Op. 1
Concerto IV. in C minor (Horae pomeridianae), Op. 4
Concerto IV. in G major (Horae pomeridianae), Op. 4
Concerto V. in F major (Horae pomeridianae), Op. 4
Concerto II. D minor (Horae pomeridianae), Op. 4
Aria V. in G major (Harmonica duodecatometria ecclesiastica "Cor meum tibi dedo"), Op. 1
Aria II. in C minor "Ubi Jesu" (Harmonica dudecatometria ecclesiastica), Op. 1
Graduale Pro Dominica Quinquagesimae proprium in A minor "Tu es Deus"

Collegium Marianum
flauto traverso Jana Semeradova , Julie Brana
oboe Emiliano Rodolfi
violins: Adela Drozdova, Helena Kornferld – Zemanova, Cecile Valtrova
viola Vojtech Semerad
bassoon Tomasz Wesolowski, Györgyi Farkas
cello Hana Flekova
double bass Ondrej Stajnochr, Ludek Brany
arciliuto Evangelina Mascardi
theorbo Jan Krejca
harpsichord Monika Knoblochova
pozitive organ Pablo Kornfeld

In the first decades of the 18th century, Prague was a hotbed of musical creativity. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of preserved music sources, among which instrumental music is represented to an even lesser extent. The selection of Jan Josef Ignac Brentner's concertos Hor? pomeridian?, which this recording presents in its complete form for the first time, is an absolute rarityin the given area and was the first-ever instrumental music by a domestic composer published in Prague. However, Brentner's first published opus was Harmonica duodecatomeria ecclesiastica (1716),a selection of sacred arias. With four printed collections, Brentner was undoubtedly the most published domestic composer of his time. Thanks to their being inspired by the Italian musical style, his works spread far beyond the borders - through Jesuit missionaries they even got to the territory of today's Bolivia (!), where several copies have been preserved up to the present day. Brentner, celebrated in his time yet soon forgotten, today rediscovered, richly deserves to be one of the first composers presented within the new series entitled "Music From Eighteenth-Century Prague".