Well! This must be one of the first recordings of the music of Jan Dismas Zelenka made on these shores. Early music pioneer Newell Jenkins leads his Clarion Concerts Orchestra in sparkling performances of these Telemannesque pieces recorded circa 1966.
When you think about it, there really hasn't been much of a renaissance for Zelenka, much like we have had with Telemann. For a composer who was admired, and held in high esteem, by both Bach and Telemann this seems a bit odd. He was an inventive writer and seems to have "pushed the envelope" at times so one would think that a more comprehensive appraisal would be forthcoming but alas, this has not been the case. In Zelenka's music one can hear the freshness of Telemann and the forthrightness of Handel while also catching the glimpses of the classical period which was right on the horizon.
Jenkins serves up this program with zest, vigor and scrupulous attention to period performance practice. This is an engaging program and one wishes that an additional work, maybe another ouverture, could have been included on the program. No bother, what is here is a fine slice of the talent of one Jan Dismas Zelenka.