Ryba's "Czech Christmas Mass," a total winner!

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Ryba's "Czech Christmas Mass," a total winner!

Post by Lance » Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:46 pm

While I have heard of Jakub Jan Ryba (1765-1815), I didn't know his compositional work at all. Looking for possible different Christmas music for my radio broadcast, I ordered Ryba's Czech Christmas Mass {Hei, mistre!} in what says is a monaual recording (no date is shown for the recording) on Supraphon [3091, 42:59], which features not only the Mass but another piece, "My Lovely Nightigale," a pastorella for soprano, flute, organ and orchestra. Both exceptional pieces. Ryba brings a quality to the orchestral parts that is totally untraditional for that time period, mixing organ (stops are unique) merged with other mixes. This performance features the Czech Philharmonic Chorus with the Prague Symphony orchestra led by the distinguished Czech conductor, Vaclav Smetacek. The Mass is imbued with solos and vocal combinations all sung by really fine soloists. I liked the Mass so much that I also acquired the Naxos release [8.554428], the latter of which was only made available in Europe. Of the two recordings, the Smetacek is superior IMHO. If you want to treat yourself to some truly unusual music for Christmastime, I recommend this work by Ryba, who wrote many masses, flute quartets and string quartets (also on Naxos). There are many recordings made of the Christmas Mass on various labels. Without checking further, Ryba must have had special interest in the organ and flute because what he does with these instruments is exceptional.
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Re: Ryba's "Czech Christmas Mass," a total winner!

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:17 pm

Anything good and new for Christmas is welcome. Thanks, Lance.

Veering off topic with your permission, I had never heard of Ryba. However, one of my top Academic Bowl coaches is named Ryba. I'm currently on his hate-stare list for the way I scheduled the last meet of the season, coming up next Wednesday. Now that I know his name is Czech and there's a composer with the same name who wrote a Christmas Mass, I'll have an ice breaker ready. Never can tell how CMG might come in handy. :)

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Re: Ryba's "Czech Christmas Mass," a total winner!

Post by josé echenique » Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:41 pm

There are several recordings of the Ryba mass, including some in stereo. It is very popular in the Czech Republic.


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Re: Ryba's "Czech Christmas Mass," a total winner!

Post by david johnson » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:53 am

I found it easily on you tube. very enjoyable :)

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