Sacred Music of the 18th century East and West
An outstanding concert which presents various settings of the “Western mass” by great masters such as W. A. Mozart & others along with noteworthy settings of the “Eastern Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom” by famous Ukrainian composers such as M. Berezovsky and D. Bortniansky.
Piccolo coro & Piccola orchestra
Marek Valášek - conductor
Prague male chamber choir
Alexej Kleptsin - choir master
About the festival:
The Greek expression "archaion kallos" means "ancient beauty," but in the vocabulary of the Holy Fathers of the Eastern Christian Church, "archaion kallos" speaks of a certain archetype, an "original beauty" - the beauty which man beheld in Paradise and which he experienced after Creation. Philokallia (a word of Greek origin meaning "love of the beautiful") gave this name to the first and only festival of Orthodox music in Prague because they perceive every act in sacred music, whether of composition or interpretation, as a kind of conscious or unconscious search for this pristine beauty, the Archaion Kallos.
As in previous years festival will present a wide and varied spectrum of Orthodox music, ranging from the sounds of Byzantine music, through romanticism (S. Rachmaninoff – All-Night Vigil), to works by leading contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt and Gennadij N. Lapajev as well as world premieres of the works of young Czech composers – Jakub Rataje and Jan Dušek.
The concert has no intermission.
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