Zelenka: Miserere in C minor ZWV 57
Breitkopf Urtext ed. by M. Hutzel und Thomas Kohlhase
The Miserere in C minor ZWV 57 is one of the late works of the Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. According to an entry in the autograph score, it was completed on 12 March 1738 and thus chronologically takes its place between the Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis (1736) and the Missa votiva (1739). It was the only late work by Zelenka to be reprised in Dresden’s Hofkirche after his death.
"Zelenka's artistic personality, his biography and his compositional style are utterly distinctive. His style is highly experimental. Was Zelenka really one of the greatest composers of the 18th century, or only one of the most interesting? I think that he still has several surprises for us." (Schweizerische Musikzeitung)
"Zelenka's Masses - fine specimens of Baroque choral literature, some parts of which are set even more colorfully than in the corresponding compositions by Bach." (Die Welt)