For a composer whose modern revival was initially devoted to a handful of fine instrumental works (some of which were first revived by Smetana in the 19th century), over the course of the last few decades the listening public has been treated to the revival of his large body of sacred music as well. Jan Dismas Zelenka’s modern revival was not on a path of universal praise, however, and initially his strikingly original harmonic and melodic language occasionally contributed to his dismissal as something of a crank (not unlike Janáček’s early reception!), but with a growing body of scholarship and an ever-increasing discography, the sheer quality and originality of Zelenka’s music has surely secured his position as one of the most original musical minds of his time.

Perhaps first among those works which helped revive Zelenka’s modern reputation...

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