About the recording
In February 2016, the long-awaited CD Missa Divi Xaveria ZWV 12 by Jan Dismas Zelenka in world-premiere recording was released. Zelenka scholars consider Missa Divi Xaverii to be one of his most important works. The festive mass from 1729 is however one of Zelenka’s most problematic works as far as sheet music is concerned. Despite the obvious rush in which it was written, Zelenka experiments with instrumentation for an orchestra cast that is spectacular for its time, and parallels can be found between Missa Divi Xaverii and even such a magnificent work as Bach’s Mass in B minor. On this recording, the mass is complemented by Litanie de Sancto Xaverio ZWV 156.