Bach’s setting of the Marian hymn Magnificat is one of few works by the Lepizig cantor that are based on Latin texts and thus blur the boundaries between Lutheran and Catholic liturgical music. Zelenka composed most of his works for the Catholic court church in Dresden and his last setting of the mass ordinary is one of his finest creations.
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.