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Reviewer: David Reznick


This is volume 3 of the Zelenka Vespers Psalms. It was released by itself, not with the CDs that preceded it, and I’m not sure why; I can’t imagine anyone listening to volumes 1 and 2 and not wanting every Zelenka release from now till doomsday. Having played all, one after another, I feel like someone who has listened to Classical music for decades and has just discovered Beethoven yesterday. There is something almost sinister about Zelenka not being in the CMMD (Celestial Musical Mensa Society), seated between Bach and Handel. There he is again, soaring above the Baroque Good Old Boys, Telemann, Buxtehude, Rameau, and the Baroque Bad Old Boys, Vivaldi … anyway, he’s aloft, wowing the customers with those enormously long phrases, darting this way and that, passing tones momentarily creating harmonies that are eyebrow-raising today and must have been hair-raising in the 18th century, and when the phrases are finally resolved, making you feel as if the mysteries of life are finally being revealed to you. As before, maestro Victora, the players (using period instruments), and the choir are on top of their game, as are the soloists, all of them doing Zelenka and modern listeners a great service. (And, I’d like to hear more from soprano Lenka Cafourková and countertenor Pascal Bertin, who also appears on an album called The Countertenors, which looks to be a satirical takeoff on The Three Tenors, but I think he should be singing Dowland and Purcell.)

What? You still haven’t ordered your copy? I’m so confident that you’ll enjoy it that I’m offering an unconditional guarantee: If you buy it and don’t like it, just call or write, and I’ll promptly send you a letter stating that you don’t know what you’re talking about.


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