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1.	Czech Christmas Mass for soloists, choir, organ and orchestra	00:38:42	
1.1.	Kyrie	00:05:27	
1.2.	Gloria	00:05:06	
1.3.	Graduale	00:03:14	
1.4.	Credo	00:05:54	
1.5.	Offertorium	00:07:00	
1.6.	Sanctus	00:02:09	
1.7.	Benedictus	00:03:23	
1.8.	Agnus	00:03:13	
1.9.	Communio	00:02:52	
2.	My Lovely Nightingale. Pastorella for soprano, flute, organ and orchestra

Jaroslava Vymazalová – soprano (1)
Marie Mrázová - contralto (1)
Beno Blachut - tenor  (1)
Zdeněk Kroupa - bass  (1)
Helena Tattermuschová - soprano (2)
Jaroslav Josífko - flute (2)
Milan Šlechta - organ 
Jaroslav Vodrážka - organ (2)
Czech Philarmonic Chorus (1)
Prague Symphony Orchestra
Václav Smetáček – conductor

 

It's hard to tell what's going on here. Although it's called a "mass", and the movements are indeed named after the sections of the Roman liturgical service, Jakub Jan Ryba's (1765-1815) Czech Christmas Mass abandons the traditional Latin texts for a format more akin to a pastoral play. Apparently what we're hearing is dialogue (in Czech) among shepherds preparing to visit Bethlehem. The problem is, no texts or translations are included, so all we can do is listen and wonder exactly what all those soloists are singing about. Not that the music is especially interesting--it's about as structurally formulaic as music from this period can get, and the scoring for four soloists, choir, organ, and orchestra offers not the slightest hint of originality.

But perhaps that's not the point. This kind of work was designed as a familiar, accessible invocation of the Nativity story, presented in church on Christmas eve, and both the music and the words would have been well-known to the congregation--as it apparently is today in certain parts of the Czech Republic. And it's that audience that likely will appreciate the simplicity and meaning inherent in this 39-minute scenario. The soloists are decidedly heavy of tone and/or wide of vibrato, especially the labored-sounding bass, but that seems to be a preference and a style. And no one can be accused of lacking enthusiasm or sincerity throughout the performances. The sound from this 1966 production is perfectly fine, and the "filler", a four-minute pastorella for soprano, flute, organ, and orchestra titled My lovely Nightingale is charming and as musically naive and unpretentious as the mass. --David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

 

When exactly the pastoral mass of Jakub Jan Ryba (1765-1815) became the symbol of Czech Christmas is possible to determine only approximately. We know exactly, however, why this work holds such a special place: it has a moving pastoral mood with a certain dose of tasteful naivete which comes into beautiful harmony with Czech folk nativity scenes. And Ryba's mass, known by the first words "Hey, master," resounds today from hundreds of church choirs and magically conjures up for the listeners the idyll of old-world Christmas with an illuminated country church with snow-drifts and a frozen starry horizon. There are many recordings which capture the idyllic atmosphere of central-European Christmas as presented by Ryba. However, only few of them can boastsuch tasteful professionalism and pastoral poetics as this one with the conductor Smetacek, whose sonically reconstructed version we are presenting in a new graphical design. This recording will certainly become a indispensable part of your family's Christmas ritual. ---supraphon.com

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Jakub Jan Ryba – Czech Christmas Mass and Carols (1998) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/classical/4549-ryba-jakub-jan/20856-jan-jakub-ryba-czech-christmas-mass-and-carols-1998.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/classical/4549-ryba-jakub-jan/20856-jan-jakub-ryba-czech-christmas-mass-and-carols-1998.html Jakub Jan Ryba – Czech Christmas Mass and Carols (1998)

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Ceska Mse Vanocni - Czech Christmas Mass
1. I. Kyrie 5:19
2. II. Gloria 5:08
3. III. Graduale 3:26
4. IV. Credo 5:41
5. V. Offertorrium 6:51
6. VI. Sanctus 1:57
7. VII. Benedictus 3:25
8. VIII. Agnus 2:54
9. IX. Communio 2:40

Devat Staroceskych Koled – Nine Christmas Carols
10. Cas radosti veselosti
11. Veselmy se vsichni nyni
12. Vanocna hospoda
13. Byla cesta byla uslapana
14. Nastal nam den vesely
15. Vnosni roztomilosti
16. Vanocni magnet a strelec
17. Maria hustym lesem sla
18. Vanoc vinsovati posta

Zdena Kloubova - soprano
Pavla Vykopalova - mezzo-soprano
Tomas Cerny - tenor
Roman Janal - baritone

Komorni sbor Ceskeho rozhlasu - Prague Radio Chamber Choir
Kuhnuv detsky sbor - Kuhn Children's Choir
Virtuosi di Praga
Oldrich Vlcek – conductor

 

Jakub Jan Ryba's Czech Christmas Mass, the composer's most famous work, has a kind of local cultural significance analogous to the importance of Handel's Messiah in English-speaking countries. Ryba, born between Mozart and Beethoven, uses the language of the late Classical era, and his Mass has an entirely unpretentious folk-like quality and directness. Ryba's music and his orchestrations in particular, are full of wit and fresh inventiveness, but he seems innocent of melodic or harmonic complexity. The effect, though, is not predictably simplistic, but charmingly rustic and emotionally transparent. --- Stephen Eddins, AllMusic Review

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Jakub Jan Ryba – Missae (1993) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/classical/4549-ryba-jakub-jan/20861-jakub-jan-ryba--missae-1993.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/classical/4549-ryba-jakub-jan/20861-jakub-jan-ryba--missae-1993.html Jakub Jan Ryba – Missae (1993)

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Missa in Nativitate Domino in Nocte - Missa pastoralis in C major 15:35
1. Kyrie 2:26
2. Gloria 2:32
3. Credo 2:17
4. Sanctus 1:01
5. Benedictus 3:28
6. Agnus Dei 3:30

Missa in E minor from the Tres Missae Serio Stylo 20:04
7. Kyrie 3:52
8. Gloria 2:04
9. Credo 4:25
10. Sanctus Benedictus 6:06
11. Agnus Dei 3:28

Missa in Dominica Infra Octavam Nativitatis Domini - Missa pastoralis in B flat major 20:47
12. Kyrie 2:32
13. Gloria 2:45
14. Credo 5:07
15. Sanctus 1:14
16. Benedictus 3:54
17. Agnus Dei 4:58

Andrea Dudasova -soprano
Daniela Strakova -soprano
Tatana Kopalova -contralto
Marta Benackova - contralto
Stefan Margita - tenor
Peter Mikulas - bass

Coro di Praga
The New Czech Chamber Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek - conductor

 

Jakub Simon Jan Ryba ranks among the most original, most educated and compositionally, most prolific Czech schoolteacher-choirmasters active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Why indeed, according to his own diary, by the year 1798, he had written an incredible number of 1,391 compositions. While the majority of them were in classical, none-too-innovative style, in a number of them - including most particularly his sacred output - he did offer evident proof of his undeniable talent, a gift which he managed in several works to elevate to genuine compositional mastery. Of his extensive legacy, which includes a posthumously published theoretical work entitled Primary and General Groundwork for all Art of Music (wherein he laid foundations for the Czech musical terminology), one should not fail to mention his dozens of songs, arias, various types of compositions for different combinations, and the aforementioned extensive body of church music. There, an important place is occupied by numerous masses, though lamentably enough, none of them, except for the famous Czech Christmas Mass and the Czech Midnight Mass, have so far been published. ---arkivmusic.com

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