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Frantisek Jiranek: Concertos
By Collegium Marianum, Jana Semeradova, Lenka Torgersen, Sergio Azzolini, Vojtech Semerad, and Xenia Loffler. By Frantisek Jiranek and Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). Country of Origin: Czech Republic. Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Supraphon Music Publishing (NX.SU4208-2).
Item Number: NX.SU4208-2
It was not long before the baroque composer and violinist in Count Morzin's court orchestra Frantisek Jiranek received the moniker of a "Czech Vivaldi". Musicologists discovered him only recently and his works are gradually being identified, as his authorship is disputable in some cases. This is because Jiranek was a gifted pupil of his teacher in Venice and his works thus bear strong Vivaldian influence. Musicians are also becoming more and more enthusiastic about the newly discovered composer - besides the ensemble of Jana Semeradova, his promoters include the phenomenal bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, whose unique recording of Jiranek's concertos (SU 4039-2) was received with great acclaim, and the renowned oboist Xenia Loffler. Despite all unclearness in the attribution of the works and some unusual features (such as the incorporation of the rarely used viola d'amour into Jiranek's Triple Concerto in A Major) the listeners are certain to find lively and virtuoso music on this recording of hitherto unheard compositions in top-class interpretation: a truly opulent baroque feast.