Claudio Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli and G. F. Sances were all significantly associated with Venice - until his death, Monteverdi served as maestro di capella in the Basilica of St. Mark. Cavalli was one of his students and subsequently became an organist at the basilica and later a music director. Sances, on the other hand, worked in Venice for a relatively short time and spent most of his career with Vienna, where he joined the imperial court. The selection from Monteverdi’s famous collection is complemented by two settings of the mass ordinary. In all the compositions, we can admire the dazzling richness and diversity of Italian baroque music.
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.