Holy Night

Italian and Czech Christmas vocal
and instrumental music

Tuesday 29.12.2020 | 19:30 Sts. Simon and Jude Church
Dušní/U Milosrdných, Praha 1 - Staré Město


Gaetano Maria Schiassi (1698–1754)
Pastorale per il S.S.mo Natale di nostro Sig. Jesu
(from Concerti Op. 1, No. 12)
Adam Michna z Otradovic (ca 1600–1676)
3 Christmas songs
(from Czech Marian music, Praha 1647)
Lorenzo Zavateri (1690–1764)
(from Concerti da chiesa e da camera Op. 1, No. 10)
Václav Karel Holan Rovenský (1644–1718)
3 Christmas songs
(from Capella Regia Musicalis, Praha 1693)
Alessandro Stradella (1639–1682)
Con qual giel
(from Cantata per il Santissimo natale)
Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Concerto con due flauti traversi, RV 533
Giovanni Battista Costanzi (1704–1778)
Cantata per la notte del Santissimo Natale, Roma 1723, selection (Czech premiere)
Concert with intermission.
Expected end of the concert 21.30.


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 concertos by Torelli and Schiassi as well as Vivaldi’s concerto for two transverse flutes. 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 – flauto traverso
Lenka Torgersen – concert master
Magdalena Malá – Baroque violin
Andreas Torgersen – Baroque viola
Petr Hamouz – Baroque cello
Martina Bernášková – flauto traverso
Jiřina Marešová – organ
Jan Krejča – theorbo
Matyáš Berdych – double bass


Sts. Simon and Jude Church

Dušní/U Milosrdných, Praha 1 - Staré Město

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