MUSICA BOHEMICA, conducted by Jaroslav Krček
violin Tomáš Prosek, Blanka Mráčková, Jiří Fišer, Jan Marek, Rita Čerpučenková, Jitka Adamusová
It was two years after the Battle of the White Mountain when the Lazansky family, who were to do so much for the cultural history of the town, came to Manetin in western Bohemia. Vaclav Josef Lazansky and his wife Marie Gabriela, a Cernin from Chudenice, had the principal buildings in the town rebuilt after the fire of 1712; these included the church. The greatest artists of the time were called upon to beautify them, among them Peter Brandl. Music was cultivated in the Count´s family, and Marie Gabriela was herself an accomplished performer on the harpsichord, as well as a singer. In the Cistercian monastery at nearby Plasy there was the music scholar Mauritius Vogt, who with the Benedictine composer from Prague, Gunther Jacob, was a frequent visitor at the Manetin manor house. At this time the local literary society became active again, and practised figured chorales in the choir of the deanery church. All these factors combined to create the cultural atmosphere of the provincial toen, and were formative influences on the musical sensibility of the Manetin pedagogues.
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