Album: Zelenka, I Penitenti al Sepolchro... (Ziz-Zag Territoires)

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First performed in Dresden on Good Friday 1736, Zelenka's I Penitenti...brings the New Testament's Mary Magdalene and Saint Peter together with the Old Testament's King David in a dramatic meditation on Christ's tomb.

European styles collide, with shades of Praetorius, Carissimi and Biber wrapped up into a High Baroque package. Collegium 1704's recording with Vaclav Luks is the second from the Czech Republic, where early instrumental technique improves by the day. The playing is vivid; the singers lack zing.