Kozeluch: Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II / Stilec, Prague Symphony
This album is the second release in the Naxos Czech Music Masters from Vienna series, and features the world premiere recording of Kozeluch’s magnificent coronation cantata. The coronation of Leopold II in Prague in 1791 came at a difficult time for European monarchs, although Leopold himself enjoyed a reputation as an enlightened ruler. Two musical works were commissioned for the occasion: Mozart’s opera ‘La clemenza di Tito’ and Kozeluch’s cantata ‘Heil dem Monarchen.’ The cantata, by turns celebratory, serene and darkly dramatic, was well-received and enhanced Kozeluch’s reputation in royal circles. It almost certainly played a part in his appointment in 1792 to the court of Leopold’s son and successor, the last Holy Roman Emperor Franz II.
Catalog Number: 8573787
Composer: Leopold Anton Kozeluch
Conductor: Marek Štilec
Orchestra/Ensemble: Martinu Voices, Prague Symphony Orchestra
Performer: Filip Dvořák, Josef Moravec, Kristýna Vylíčilová, Tomáš Kořínek