One would search in vain for a work in the oratorio repertoire of fame equal to that of Handel’s Messiah. Written in just 24 days, it was already extraordinarily popular in Handel’s day. The most famous work of its creator, it thrills us to this day with its melodic inventiveness, vocal virtuosity, and exceptionally effective handling of biblical texts.
Collegium 1704 is a Prague-based highly acclaimed Baroque orchestra established in 2005 by the conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks. The orchestra & vocal ensemble present famous orchestral and choral works by well-known composers as well as long-forgotten and now rediscovered treasures of the Baroque repertoire. The ensemble has been successfuly promoting work of Czech masters like Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.