KAREL BLAŽEJ KOPŘIVA (1756 – 1785)
Jaroslav Tůma - chamber organ, regal
The CD you hold in your hands has been recorded in the Church of St Giles in the village of Bezděz (northern part of the Czech Republic). Nowadays this Romanesque church is the oldest extant one in the entire region of Liberec, still in use. It was built at the end of the 12th century and it is nearly one hundred years older than the well-known royal Castle Bezděz. The church situated under that castle was rebuilt and furnished in the 18th century in the baroque style. The extant precious baroque organ, which was built by the organ builder J. G. Tamiti from Zittau (Germany) in 1760, gives the glimpse of the developed music culture in that region, in the 18th century.
It is worth of noticing that the second half of the 18th century in Bohemia is regarded as a period of decline in the output of original organ compositions. And yet, paradoxically, a fresh flower – a plethora of organ concertos – came into full bloom during this time. To those, who were already prolific in this field abroad, certainly belongs George Frideric Handel. Bohemian composers happen to tackle this genre later, at the time when the piano is taking the role of the leading keyboard instrument.
Further recordings by Jaroslav Tůma:
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