The Holy Night

Italian and Czech Christmas music

Tuesday 29. 12. 2020 | 19.30 Sts. Simon and Jude Church
Dušní/U Milosrdných, Praha 1 - Staré Město


Audiovisual recording of the concert


Domenico Zipoli (1688‒1726)
(Sonate d’Intavolatura, Op. 1, Rome 1716)


Alessandro Stradella (1639–1682)
Deh! Ricevi i nostri voti
(Ah! troppo è ver, Christmas cantata)


Cristofaro Caresana (ca 1640 – 1709)
Con un vel d’humanità
(La Caccia del Toro, Christmas cantata, Naples 1678)


Giovanni Battista Costanzi (1704–1778)
L’innocenza che rendesti
(Cantata per la notte del Santissimo Natale, Rome 1723)


Cristofaro Caresana
Dormi, o ninno
(La Veglia, Christmas cantata, Naples 1674)


Giovanni Battista Costanzi
Qual pura colombella (Cantata per Natale)


Nicola Fiorenza (ca 1700 ‒ 1764)
Concert in A minor (Naples 1726)
Grave, Allegro, Grave, Allegro


Giovanni Battista Costanzi
Pietà, che non fai! (Cantata per Natale)


Gaetano Maria Schiassi (1698–1754)
Concerto in D major Pastorale per Natale
Adagio, Allegro, Largo Spiccato, Andante


Václav Karel Holan Rovenský (1644–1718)
Ach, můj milý Ježíšku – Usni, usni, ctné poupátko – Ó duše má rozmilá
(Capella Regia Musicalis, Prague 1693/94)


Adam Václav Michna z Otradovic (ca 1600 – 1676)
Vánoční rosička – Vánoční hospoda – Vánoční roztomilost
(Česká mariánská muzika, Prague 1647)


Our traditional December concert will present music for the Christmas season in the Church of Sts. Simon and Judy. Listeners can expect to be delighted by the simple beauty of Czech Baroque songs from the collections of Adam Václav Michna from Otradovice and Václav Karel Holan Rovenský and impressed by virtuosic musical works from Italian composers.


The programme will include concerto by Schiassi as well as Fiorenza’s concerto for the transverse flute. Giovanni Battista Costanzi may be a lesser-known and less influential composer, but his Christmas Cantata, from which several numbers will be performed, is a charming work that will appear on our concert stage for the first time. One of Costanzi's predecessors in Rome was Alessandro Stradella. He led a colourful and turbulent life that it is almost inappropriate to recall in connection with Christmas. Nevertheless, he made significant contributions to the development of opera and oratorios in Rome and left a legacy of remarkable works. An excerpt from his Christmas Cantata will also be heard.


This concert will bring together the peaceful and poetic beauty of Czech Baroque Christmas and the joyfully emotional sounds of Italy. After all, there are few better ways to celebrate Christmas than with music…



Jana Semerádová 
— artistic direction
Vojtěch Semerád, Vojtěch Jakl — Baroque violin
Magdalena Malá — Baroque viola
Michal Raitmajer — Baroque violoncello
Jana Semerádová, Anna Špelinová — flauto traverso, flauto dolce
Jiřina Marešová — organ
Jan Krejča theorbo
Matyáš Berdych — double bass
Jan Mikušek — dulcimer


Sts. Simon and Jude Church

Dušní/U Milosrdných, Praha 1 - Staré Město

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