GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE - DISC OF THE MONTH - JUNE 2011
There is a stark contrast between these two works; the Officium defunctorum with the strict counterpoint of Gregorian Chant and the exhilarating splendour of the Requiem. Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 were founded by harpsichordist Václav Luks and their recordings have been well received.
“This presents all of the magnificent music by Zelenka, Jan Dismas for the prolonged funeral exequies of Augustus the Strong...Collegium 1704`s players and choir perform with lyricism and precision...Luks presents a reconstructed edition of the entire work including all nine lessons and also all of the responses (including some Gregorian chant), featuring idiosyncratic switches between archaic and modern styles.” GRAMOPHONE
“The drama is magnificently handled by Václav Luks...[Blaíková`s] singing is a huge asset here, weith its pin-point accuracy and effortless, long-breathed phrasing - ah, her ringing naturalness is such a pleasure. Zelenka`s overall sense of colour and sheer stylistic variety are frankly breathtaking.” INT. RECORD REVIEW