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Listening to Collegium 1704

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Music of Renaissance and Baroque masters C. Monteverdi and J. D. Zelenka played by a top Czech baroque orchestra and vocal ensemble Collegium 1704.

The Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 ensembles were founded by the harpsichordist and conductor Václav Luks in 2005 on the occasion of the Bach–Prague–2005 project, marking the beginning of residential collaboration with the Prague Spring International Music Festival.
Since 2007, after their huge success with Zelenka's Missa votiva in France, Collegium 1704 has received invitations from such prestigious presenters as the Salzburger Festspiele (2015, 2016, 2018), the Berliner Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Theater an der Wien and Konzerthaus, the Lucerne Festival, BOZAR (Palais des Beaux-Arts) in Brussels, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and is an ensemble-in-residence at the prestigious festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht and at the Leipzig Bachfest. 

The recordings of Collegium 1704 have repeatedly won the Diapason d’Or, CD of the Month & Editor’s Choice, and nominations for CD of the Year Gramophone Magazine. Among their successful CD recordings have been the Violin Concertos of Josef Mysliveček, Oboe concertos and cantatas and the B Minor Mass by Johann Sebastian Bach, the world premiere of J. D. Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii, Handel’s Messiah and a collection titled Il giardino dei sospiri with selections from Baroque secular cantatas sung by Magdalena Kožená.

Listen to Monteverdi and Zelenka recorded in April 2020 or check the Collegium 1704 website.

Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale 1704