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Few people have been capable of uniting so many talents within themselves: whether as a gifted natural horn player, a virtuoso harpsichordist, a charismatic conductor, an adept musicologist, or a brilliant concert programmer, Vaclav Lucks doesn’t like to confine himself to one single thing. He is the spiritus rector of the Prague baroque orchestra Collegium 1704 and the choir Collegium Vocale 1704, which has now the reputation of being an exceptional ensemble in the international early music scene.

With the Collegium’s project BACH-PRAG-2005, which also resulted in the formation of Collegium Vocale 1704, a framework for a regular partnership together with the Prague Spring Festival was established. Invitations to Europe’s leading festivals followed for both ensembles. Concerts of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Missa votiva at the French Festival de Sablé and La Chaise Dieu in 2007 were met with great enthusiasm by both the press and the public, with a co-produced recording from the festival immediately hitting France’s classical top ten on the charts in 2008. This success resulted in numerous invitations to festivals and to venues around Europe – besides performing the fundamental pieces of baroque repertoir, promoting work of Czech masters like Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.

Following international successes with opera performance of Handel’s Rinaldo (directed by Louise Moaty) in 2009, the year of 2013 was devoted to rediscovery of the Czech composer Josef Mysliveček. His opera l’Olimpiade(directed by Ursel Herrmann) was presented by Collegium 1704 in Prague, Caen, Dijon, Luxembourg, Theater an der Wien and nominated for The International Opera Awards. In 2014, Collegium 1704 and Vaclav Luks collaborated with Bejun Mehta on a DVD project of Gluck's opera Orfeo ed Euridice and a BBC Two documentary “Mozart in Prague”, starred by Ronaldo Villazon. In 2017, Collegium 1704 gave the modern-era world premiere of Antonio Vivaldi’s Arsilda, regina di Ponto, its first hearing in over 300 years, in Bratislava. Further performances took place at the Opéra de Lille, in Luxembourg, at the Opéra Royal Versailles, and in Caen.

Recent and upcoming guest performances include appearances at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, the Festival Wratislavia Cantans, the Berliner Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Theater and der Wien, the Konzerthaus Wien, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. The ensemble will also serve as artist-in-residence at the renowned Utrecht Early Music Festival and the Leipzig Bach Festival.

Inspired by Zelenka’s personality, the Ensemble has also gained attention though its concert cycle Musikbrücke Prag-Dresden, which takes place simultaneously in Prague and Dresden every year and unites the historic and cultural similarities of the two cities.

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Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)
Missa votiva in e-moll, ZWV 18 (1739)

cast: 23 Musiker, 17 Sänger, Dirigent
Musica per la Settimana Santa

Musik für die Heilige Woche
Responsoria pro Hebdomanda Sancta, ZWV 55
Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae, ZWV 203

cast: 9 Musiker, 8 Sänger

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Johann Sebastian Bach
Oboe concertos et cantatas
Xenia Löffler - Oboe
Anna Prohaska - Sopran
Accent 2018

Jan Dismas Zelenka
Sonatas ZWV 181 

Diapason d'or
Accent 2017

 Josef Mysliveček
Violin Concertos - Sinfonia & Ouverture
Leila Schayegh - Violine


Accent 2018

Jan Dismas Zelenka

Missa Divi Xaverii ZWV 12


Accent 2016


Zelenka - Tuma
Frantisek Tuma: Stabat Mater
Jan Dismas Zelenka:  ZWV 157 u.a.

Diapason d'or
Supraphon  2014


Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor


Accent July 2013
Jan Dismas Zelenka

Responsoria pro hebdomada sancta

Lamentatio Ieremiae Prophetae

Accent Jan 2012
Jan Dismas Zelenka Jan Dismas Zelenka

Officium Defunctorum ZWV 47

Requiem ZWV 46

Diapason d'Or
Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice
Accent Jan 2011

Anton Reichenauer Anton Reichenauer


Xenie Löffler, Lenka Torgersen, Sergio Azzolini

Diapason d'Or
Supraphon Nov 2010

Jan Dismas Zelenka Jan Dismas Zelenka

Penitenti al Sepolchro del Redentore ZWV 63

ZigZag Sept 2009

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Jan Dismas Zelenka Jan Dismas Zelenka

Missa votiva ZWV 18

ZigZag Sept 2008

Jan Dismas Zelenka Jan Dismas Zelenka

Composizioni per Orchestra

Jan Dismas Zelenka Jiří Antonín Benda

Koncerty pro obligátní cembalo, dvoje housle, violu a violoncello


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Georg Friedrich Handel La Resurrezione HWV 47

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