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Jan Zach, one of the most accomplished musicians active in Prague in the mid-18th century. Zach is roughly contemporary with figures such as C.P.E. Bach; as such, his music draws inspiration from the baroque as well as looking forward to the classical period. The C minor Requiem is the most famous of three settings of the requiem mass Zach completed. Marek Štryncl and his forces make a plausible case for this sophisticated and dramatic piece. The orchestral playing is clean, and the small choral forces and soloists perfectly reliable. The Vesperae de Beata Virgine is a different kind of piece altogether: lighter in nature, more galant in manner. For anyone wanting to gain some perspective on the kinds of music heard in Prague’s churches of the period, this disc is worth investigating.

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