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Antonin Dvorák
Antonin Dvorák
Petr Eben
Antonin Dvorák/Leos Janácek/Petr Eben

Dagmar Masková soprano
Marta Benacková alto
Walter Coppola tenor
Peter Mikulás bass
Lydie Härtlová harp
Josef Ksica organ
Prague Chamber Choir
Josef Pancík conductor
Antonin Dvorák-Mass in D Major op. 86
Leos Janácek-Our Father
Petr Eben-Prague Te Deum 1989

Recorded November 1993
ECM New Series 1539

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The Prague Chamber choir was launched in 1990 and was largely encouraged by the new climate of artistic freedom which accompanied Czechoslovakia's reclaimed political independence. The repertoire of Bohemian and Moravian religious music brought together on this album includes works by two of the greatest composers of the nationalist movement during the late-19th and early 20th Centuries. The third piece is a contemporary work by a composer who witnessed first-hand his country's oppression during World War II. Collectively, these pieces by Dvorak, Janacek and Eben add up to a sustained thanksgiving-underlined by a certain pride in the enduring strengths of the Czech tradition of sacred music.