Jaroslav Krček ‘Vánoční zpěvy z doby husitské’





01 In Hoc Anni Circulo + Jesus Our Saviour (3:33)
02 Children Young & Old (3:29)
03 By The Word Of The Testament + Nascitur De Virgine (3:02)
04 A Merry Day Has Arrived For Us (1:48)
05 Danielis Prophecia (4:26)
06 A Strange Affair Has Occurred (3:53)
07 The City Which Is Called Bethlehem (2:23)
08 A Single Voice At This Time (3:47)
09 We Come Singing In Praise (3:55)
10 Puer Natus In Bethleem + Nunc Angelorum Gloria (4:03)
11 Pueri Nativitatem (2:18)
12 The Lord Is Born (4:04)
13 Puer Nobis Nascitur (2:05)
14 In The Reign Of Caesar Augustus (2:18)

Total time 44:30
Recorded 1979, LP released on Supraphon in 1981

Musica Bohemica ensemble with:
Voice: Jaroslav Tománek, Lubomir Vraspir, Vratislav Vinický, Jaroslav Krček
Solo oboe: Gabriela Krčkova
Solo violin: Jaroslav Krištšfek
Cond.: Jaroslav Krček

Musica Bohemica is a chamber ensemble specialising in Bohemian Christmas songs. It was created in 1975 by Jaroslav Krček, then musical director for the Supraphon company, as an offspring from an older ensemble called Chorea Bohemica, founded 1967. This LP (whose title translates as Christmas Carols from the Jistebnice Hymnal’, a Hussite song book) is a collection of Christmas songs from the middle of the 15th century. The Hussites were followers of Jan Hus’ protestant doctrine. Krček’s arrangments are based on Renaissance musical notation (see picture above), which required re-creating the hymns to suitable pitch and rhythm. The resulting songs surround the humble Carols with grandeur and eloquence. Janacek’s Glagolithic Mass comes to mind when hearing a song like #8 ‘A Single Voice At This Time’ as it is rendered with a decidedly slavic conviction. The Ensemble really engages in a communal, lively re-enacting of the Hussites supposed congregational meetings and whereabouts. I assume these songs are still part of Musica Bohemica‘s repertoire nowadays, evidence of their lasting impact on listeners. This record is not from personal collection. It was uploaded on a russian forum with a comprehensive Renaissance and Baroque music section. Their detailled introduction is a vital resource.


4 Responses to “Jaroslav Krček ‘Vánoční zpěvy z doby husitské’”

  1. 1 La Folie du Jour January 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    as you requested, here it is the CONVENTUM album “A L`AFFUT D` UN COMPLOT” (ripped by other web users):

    the shape of your blog is more functional now but its “essence” is as always unique.

  2. 2 continuo January 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you.

  3. 3 eugina February 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    This album is available directly from the publisher’s online shop in mp3 (320k) or even flac formats: http://www.supraphonline.cz/album/369. It is a digital copy of the CD release from 1997 with different artwork than the above LP release. PS: Let us hope the ‘Raab’ LP released by Czech(oslovak) Panton label in 1989 (info here: http://www.discogs.com/release/1539095) appears in this online shop as well – I already asked them about it…

  4. 4 continuo February 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks for the info.

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