Concert celebrating 800 anniversary of the foundation of the town Ivančice
Lenka Torgersen, Madgalena Malá, Jan Hádek, Simona Tydlitátová, Markéta Langová - violin
Vojtěch Semerád, Andreas Torgersen – viola
Hana Fleková – cello
Lukáš Werner – doublebass
Barbara Maria Willi – organ
Michael Bosch – oboe
Kamila Marcinkowska - basson
Jan Krejča - teorbo
Martina Bernášková – traverso, flute
Jana Semerádová - traverso, flute, artistic leader
Simona Houda–Šaturová – soprano
Georg Friedrich Händel: Concerto grosso in G major Op. 3. No. 3
Johann Sebastian Bach: „Quia respexit“ from Magnificat
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Antonio Vivaldi: „Gloria“ from Laudate Pueri RV 601
Johann Sebastian Bach: „Schaffe können“ BWV 208
Georg Friedrich Händel: „Oh, had I Jubal's Lyre“ from Joshua HWV 64
Johann Sebastian Bach: „Süsser Trost“ from Cantata BWV 151
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Since it was founded in 1997, the Prague ensemble Collegium Marianum has focused on revitalising the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. One of the few professional companies specialising in this field in the Czech Republic, it not only gives concerts of works in particular by composers who were born or active in central Europe, but also regularly performs unique musical drama and dance productions. Several modern day world premieres are presented each year. The ensemble has collaborated with renowned European directors, choreographers, conductors and soloists such as: Andrew Parrott, Simon Standage, Chiara Banchini, Benjamin Lazar, Sergio Azzolini, Peter Kooij, Peter van Heyghen or Sigrid T´Hooft.
Since 1999 the company has been under the artistic leadership of flautist Jana Semerádová, whose active research together with her study of baroque gesture, declamation and dance, has enabled her to gradually broaden the profile of the Collegium Marianum ensemble and present operas and intermezzos in the authentic surroundings of Czech baroque theatres.
The Collegium Marianum ensemble has received critical acclaim both at home and abroad. It regularly performs at music festivals and on prestigious podia both in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe, for example Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Bachfest Leipzig, Mozartfest, Pražské jaro, Festival de Sablé, Concentus Moraviae, Bolzano Festival, Mitte Europa, Palau de Música Barcelona. The orchestra’s recordings include two part anthology Music of Baroque Prague I (2003) and Music of Baroque Prague II (2005) and three recordings by Supraphon entitled “Music From Eighteenth-Century Prague” – Concertos & arias by J. J. I. Brentner, „Rorate coeli / Music for Advent and Christmas in Baroque Prague“ and „F. Jiránek – Concertos and sinfonias“.
In January 2010 Collegium Marianum was awarded by the Czech Music Council, the Czech section of the International Music Council by UNESCO, for the credits of quality and for the general propagation of Czech music.
Flautist Jana Semerádová is a graduate of the Prague Conservatoire, the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University (Theory and Practice of Early Music) and the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, Netherlands (Class of Wilbert Hazelzet). In 2003 she was awarded third prize in the Historic Woodwind Section of the International Telemann-Wettbewerb Competition in Magdeburg and in the same year, together with Monika Knoblochová, she received the title of laureate in the prestigious 16. Grosser Förderpreiswettbewerb in Munich.
Jana Semerádová is artistic director of the Collegium Marianum Ensemble and programme director of the concert cycle “Baroque Soirées” and the international festival “Summer Festivities of Early Music”. She is engaged in intensive research both at home and abroad and in the study of baroque gesture, declamation and dance. She has made numerous recordings for various labels (Supraphon, Deutsche Grammophon, Pan Classics, Kammer Ton, K617 etc.). She also regularly records for Czech television and radio.
As a soloist she has performed on prominent European concert platforms (Konzerthaus in Vienne and Berlin, Palau de Música Barcelona, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Bachfest Leipzig, Mozartfest, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Pražské jaro, Europamusicale, Festival de Sablé) and regularly appears with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Wroclawska orchiestra barokowa, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Ars Antiqua Austria or modern_times1800.
Jana Semerádová teaches transverse flute at Prague’s Charles University (the course of study “Early Music Practice”) and leads interpretation workshops.
Simona Šaturová was born in Bratislava (Slovakia). She was only five when she was given her first violin lesson. She studied singing at the Bratislava Conservatory and attended various master classes, most notably with the Romanian soprano singer Ileana Cortrubas and Margreet Honig.
She was awarded the “Thalia Prize” for the best vocal performance of the year 2001 as Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi and the “Förderpreis der Walter und Charlotte Hamel-Stiftung” (Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation prize) at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in August 2007.
Besides her numerous appearances at the National Theatre Prague (Gilda, Konstanze, Pamina, Susanna,..) and State Opera (Adele, Rosina), the soprano singer has also performed on the stages of the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Opéra de Monte Carlo and the Megaron in Athens. She is a popular guest performer at the Théâtre de la Monnaie (Ilia, Sandrina) in Brussels and the Oper Frankfurt (Lucia, Madama Cortese, Pamina, Oscar).
Simona Šaturová has also earned an international reputation as a concert and oratorio singer. She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2006, and in the same year sang the soprano part in Mahler's 2nd Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach on the occasion of the reopening of the famous Salle Pleyel in Paris. As a result of her spectacular performance, the Philadelphia Orchestra immediately invited her to appear at concerts in Philadelphia and New York's Carnegie Hall. The live recording of these concerts was released by Ondine in February 2009 and in May featured on the Quarterly Critics' Choice ("Bestenliste") of the German Record Critics. Other recent engagements of importance, besides Elias Tour with Thomas Quasthoff include Mega-concert of „Symphony of a Thousand“ in occassion of hundredth anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler, performed in front of 17 thousand listeners in Prague, Hamburg and Hannover in May 2011.
Conductors with whom the soprano singer has worked include Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, Adam Fischer, Ivan Fischer, Manfred Honeck, Leopold Hager, Helmuth Rilling, Sylvain Cambreling, Gennadij Rožděstvenskij, Jiří Bělohlávek, Tomáš Netopil, John Fiore, Rolf Beck nebo Martin Haselböck and others.
In June 2009 the label Orfeo released her first solo recording „Haydn Arias“. „She demonstrates her prowess with Haydn's allegedly simple melodies: The listener hears a crystal clear and consistently expressive voice with a fine dynamic range, even when singing coloraturas and high notes." (Der Kulturspiegel 7/2009). This CD was labelled “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone Magazine. Her latest recording „Gloria” includes Advent and Christmas music including outstanding Tarquinio Merula’s Virgin’s Lullaby framed by Zbyněk Matějů composition Ad Te Domine.