Gramophone: JIRÁSEK When the Soul Speaks

Gramophone: JIRÁSEK When the Soul Speaks

Jan Jirásek’s current representation on disc is quite modest, his most popular recorded work undoubtedly the austere Missa propria (1991 95), sung here – as on Catalyst (nla but reissued by ArkivMusic) – by a cappella boys’ chorus; the version for girls’ chorus (1997)...
Jan Jirasek: Music of the Soul

Jan Jirasek: Music of the Soul

Between February and June of 2015 Czech composer Jan Jirásek brought together the combined forces of the Bonifantes Boys Choir and the Czech Soloist Consort in the acoustically resonant Municipal Music Hall in the Czech Republic’s city of Hradec Králové there to...
JAN JIRASEK / When the Soul Speaks

JAN JIRASEK / When the Soul Speaks

One of the big wheels of Czech sacred music steps up to an ultimate performance with some august performers in and of the realm for a set that takes sacred music to almost Goth places in it’s intensity. Deep, ethnic stuff that cuts to the chase and pares down to...
THINKING VERBALLY AND INSTRUMENTALLY

THINKING VERBALLY AND INSTRUMENTALLY

Jan Jirásek: Missa Propria; Si, Vis Amari, Ama; Mondi Paralleli; King Lávra. Jitro Czech Girls Choir conducted by Jiří Skopal. Navona. $14.99. Contemporary composers with an interest in musical concerns and forms of the past sometimes turn to vocal works to express a...
Music and Vision (review)

Music and Vision (review)

‘There are some absolutely ravishing vocal passages, and I can’t say I have ever heard music quite like this before.’ Absolutely Superb Choral music by Jan Jirásek – recommended by GEOFF PEARCE I generally love Czech music and when I heard this...