Antonio Rosetti, who was almost always mentioned in the same breath as Mozart and Haydn by his contemporaries, composed over 40 symphonies, about six dozen solo concertos and chamber music and a considerable number of sacred vocal works.
Ranked amongst his greatest achievements in the latter genre are the large-scale passion oratorio "Jesus in Gethsemane" and the "Hallelujah" cantata. Both show the virtuoso mastery of a whole array of musical techniques.
Caro Mitis has chosen an intriguing and amusing title for a disc of Antonio Rosetti as performed by Russian period instrument group Pratum Integrum Orchestra: Bohemian Mutineer. Its front cover is emblazoned with an old etching of a gigantic fish that would certainly stir up mutiny if it swam up to a vessel filled with nervous sailors.
Released in co-production with Radioservis, a. s. a division of Czech Radio.
Recorded for Czech Radio at the Church of Saints Simon and Jude, Prague, November 27 and 30, 2008.
With his successful career, Baborák has linked up to the fates of the Czech horn players who back in the second half of the 18th century gained fame in prominent chapels in the territory of today’s Germany.