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RYBA: Czech Christmas Mass / Missa Pastoralis

Composer(s):Ryba, Jakub Jan
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.554428
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Jakub Jan Ryba was a teacher, composer and one of the foremost Czech cantors of the 18th century. His Czech Christmas Mass is an inherent part of the musical tradition of his country. The work, which has all the hallmarks of a cantata rather than a mass, takes its plot from the nativity play common in European folklore. The world première recording of the Missa Pastoralis provides a fitting accompaniment.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Czech composer, Jakob Jan Ryba, contemporary with Mozart, wrote these Christmas Masses—one long, one short—as seasonal cantatas. With only token references to the liturgy, obvious enough in the Gloria, they relate the story of the shepherds visiting the baby Jesus to the various sections of the Mass. Understandably, with their simple folk-like tunes and harmonies, they have long been part of traditional Czech celebrations at Christmas, and they here receive winningly fresh and direct performances, atmospherically recorded.


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