Celebrating the birth of Christ is an important theme in the Italian baroque music of the Advent. Especially for Neapolitan authors, the arrival of the Saviour and pastoral motifs were a source of endless inspiration. In their works, the composers often merge refined counterpoint with the influence of folk music in the Neapolitan dialect.
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.