Movement 1: Invitatorium Regem, cui omnia vivunt
Movement 2: Nocturn 1 Lectio 1 Parce mihi, Domine
Movement 4: Nocturn 1 Lectio 2 Taedet animam vitae meae
Movement 6: Nocturn 1 Lectio 3 Manus tuae fecerunt me
The Invitatorium (the invitation addressed to the faithful to take part in the Divine Office remembering the dead) gives a powerful impression of Zelenka’s choral style, presenting a unique mixture of modern, dramatic gestures of harmony, dynamics and scoring with elements of the old-fashioned writing for which Prince Friedrich August had shown such disdain. Multi-sectional, the work is, from its opening sforzando ‘stabs’ and rolling arpeggios from the muted strings, predominantly dark and unsettled in mood, lightened only by the emergence in triple metre of two other-worldly flutes. The instrumental elements are mixed with passages of extended accompanied semi-recitative for the alto soloist and interpolations from the chorus. Zelenka also includes an all-too-brief depiction of the raging of the sea, wonderfully scored, and before the final section a plainsong statement of the Requiem chant.
from notes by Peter Wollny © 2003
English: Viola Scheffel