The Czech Boys Choir BONI PUERI was founded in 1982. Since then it has become one of Europe's most notable musical bodies. The choir is a part of the newly opened Boni Pueri choir school under the patronage of the Czech Ministry of Education. It has 350 members and has given more than 2500 concerts all over Europe, America and Asia, made eight records of its own and taken part in 19 others (Supraphon, EMI, BMG, ArcoDiva etc.).
Boni Pueri performs with eminent artists, such as José Carreras. It makes recordings for TV and radio and performs with important ensembles and orchestras all over the world. It makes regular tours of the USA (Grace Cathedral San Francisco), Japan (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall), South Korea (Seoul Arts Centre), Great Britain, the Netherlands (Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam), Denmark, France, and Italy (Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore Bergamo) etc.
The choir has appeared at many international music festivals (The Prague Spring Festival 1994, 1995, 1998, 2004 and 2005, Europalia - Brussels 1998, AmericaFest - Minneapolis 1998, 2002, Jeonju Sori Festival - South Korea 2002) and in July 2004 became the first ever European host to the World Festival of Singing for Men and Boys. Members of Boni Pueri appear also as soloists in other performances (W. A. Mozart: The Magic Flute - Teatro dell'Opera di Roma 2004).
The choir's important projects of recent years include double-choir performances of Bach's St Matthew Passion and of Requiems by Mozart and Fauré, a staging of Hans Krása's Terezín children's opera Brundibár and a premiere recording of music by the baroque composers Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, Pavel Josef Vejvanovský and Jan Dismas Zelenka. In 2003 Boni Pueri's recording of Zelenka's Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis received the prestigious Cannes Classical Award.
Boni Pueri is a cultural ambassador of the "European Federation of Choirs of the Union".
Boni Pueri Jakub Jan Ryba (1765 - 1815): Česká mše vánoční [Czech Christmas Mass]
Anna Hlavenkova, soprano; Sylva Cmugrova, alto; Jan Ondrejka, tenor; Roman Janal, bass; Pavel Cerny, organ; Boni Pueri Boys Choir; Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice; Marek Stryncl, director.
Boni Pueri Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679 – 1745): Melodrama De Sancto Wenceslao ZWF 175
Noémi Kiss, Anna Hlavenková – soprano, Markus Forster – countertenor, Jaroslav Březina, Adam Zdunikowski – tenor, Aleš Procházka – bass
Musica Florea, Musica Aeterna, Ensemble Philidor, Boni Pueri, conductor: Marek Štryncl
The coronation of Charles VI as Czech king in Prague was the event of 1723. Besides the Imperial Kapellmeister J. J. Fux’s monumental opera Costanza e Fortezza, the greatest attention was paid to the melodrama Sub olea pacis, created by Fux’s pupil Jan Dismas Zelenka, who at the time had been double-bassist in the Dresden court orchestra for more than a decade. In a succession of allegories, the composer guides us through the history of the Czech lands and evidences the genealogically founded title of the Habsburg royal couple to the crown of Bohemia, as well as their reign’s benefit for the Czech people. Owing to its quality, the music clearly eclipses this encomiastic work’s other components. Zelenka ingeniously works with instrumentation and frequently makes effective use of obbligato solo instruments (including the chalumeau). Over 150 performers appeared in the play, among them the thirteen-year-old František Benda. The performance at the Jesuit Klementinum met with a tremendous response among the noble audience and the royal couple alike, while the Jesuits sold over 4,000 (!) printed librettos. The work’s most recent and similarly spectacular staging was at Prague Castle in 2000, performed by leading Czech and other European ensembles. This critically acclaimed recording was made on that very occasion.
Boni Pueri The Boni Pueri Czech Boys Choir is directed by Pavel Horák and Jakub Martinec, the Musica Bohemica Praha by Jaroslav Krček.
Tracks 1-12: A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Hana Müllerová-Jouzová (harp).
Tracks 13-25: Old European Christmas Carols
Boni Pueri Contains works by many composers, including Lasso,
Franck, Händel, Fischer, Vejvanovsky, Zelenka, Dvorak, Smetana, and some quite popular songs such as Waltzing Matilda, Siyahamba, and a Broadway Medley.
Boni PueriLukáš Sádovský World premičre recording of the Pavel Josef Vejvanovský's Vesperae. The soloists are Lukáš Sádovský, soprano (Boni Pueri), Martin Ptáček, countertenor (Boni Pueri), Jaroslav Březina, tenor and Michael Pospíšil, bass. The artistic director of the Buoni Pueri Czech Boys Choir is Pavel Horák and Marek Štryncl direct the Musica Florea
Boni Pueri The adult soloists are Anna Hlavenková, soprano, Gabriela Eibenová, soprano, Markus Forster, countertenor, Jaroslav Březina, tenor and Michael Pospíšil, bass; the choir Boni Pueri is under the direction of Pavel Horák and Marek Štrynel conduct the Musica Florea .
Boni Pueri Boni pueri is a famous boys choir from Hradec Kralove in the Czech republic. Since 1982 Boni pueri has built up a great reputation, throughout Europe and the whole world as well. This summer, didrector Jan Mudra joined them for a couple of weeks during their American and Japanese tours and captured on film not only concerts but also the atmosphere of living and travelling in this renowned ensemble. Czech with English Subtitles. 37 min.
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