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Hádek: Brixi – Magnificat. Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague (24/96 FLAC)

Hádek: Brixi - Magnificat. Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague (24/96 FLAC)

Hádek: Brixi – Magnificat. Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Šimon Brixi
Performer: Hana Blažiková, Jaromir Nosek, Hipocondria Ensemble
Conductor: Jan Hádek
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Supraphon
Catalogue: SU42932
Release: 2021
Size: 1.4 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Missa ex D
01. No. 1, Kyrie
02. No. 2, Gloria in excelsis Deo
03. No. 3, Laudamus te
04. No. 4, Gratias agimus tibi
05. No. 5, Domine Deus
06. No. 6, Qui tollis peccata mundi
07. No. 7, Quoniam tu solus sanctus
08. No. 8, Cum Sancto Spiritu
09. No. 9, Credo in unum Deum
10. No. 10, Crucifixus
11. No. 11, Et resurrexit
12. No. 12, Et in Spiritum
13. No. 13, Sanctus
14. No. 14, Osanna in excelsis
15. No. 15, Benedictus
16. No. 16, Osanna in excelsis
17. No. 17, Agnus Dei

18. Arietta de gloriosissima resurrectione Domini nostri Jesu Christi

Litaniae de venerabili sacramento
19. No. 1, Kyrie
20. No. 2, Hostia immaculata
21. No. 3, Fons vivus
22. No. 4, Praecelsum venerabile
23. No. 5, Sacrata pax
24. No. 6, Oblatum holocaustum
25. No. 7, Cruentum sacrificium
26. No. 8, Altare seraphinorum
27. No. 9, Agnus Dei

28. Alma Redemptoris Mater
29. Domine ad adjuvandum me festina

Magnificat
30. No. 1, Magnificat anima mea
31. No. 2, Quia respexit
32. No. 3, Ecce enim ex hoc
33. No. 4, Quia fecit mihi magna
34. No. 5, Et misericordia
35. No. 6, Fecit potentiam
36. No. 7, Deposuit potentes
37. No. 8, Esurientes implevit bonis
38. No. 9, Sicut locutus est
39. No. 10, Gloria Patri

In the first third of the 18th-century, Prague was a major music centre, with Italian operas and concertos, French suites, Italian and German oratorios being performed in the city, and the local churches striving to acquire the latest and most virtuosic compositions. Šimon Brixi was one of the most distinguished composers who drew inspiration from this thriving culture, while creating highly inventive music of his own. He mainly wrote liturgical pieces, yet few of them have survived.


Brixi gained great acclaim for his musicae navales for the popular Saint John of Nepomuk Festivities in May on the river Vltava. Although he did not publish his scores, Brixi was a renowned composer and his music was frequently performed. Copies of his works were possessed by, among others, Jan Dismas Zelenka. Brixi mastered all the styles and techniques of his time, ranging from rigorous counterpoint to elements of the nascent Galant style.


The works are arranged on the album in a one-day liturgical arch, with the morning mass followed by litanies and the canticle Magnificat from vespers, which owing to its style and high technical requirements may bring to mind Zelenka’s music. Made up of superlative soloists, Hipocondria Ensemble bring back to life Šimon Brixi’s overlooked works. Their recording of the Magnificat is the first made on historical instruments.

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