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VIDEO PODCAST: Women Composers - Our special hour-long illustrated feature on women composers includes contributions from Diana Ambache, Gail Wein, Hilary Tann, Natalie Artemas-Polak and Victoria Bond.
Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka was born at Lounovice on 16 October 1679. He studied in Prague and then in Vienna with Fux and later with Lotti in Italy. He became court church composer in Dresden, and had by his death there on 22 December 1745 written three oratorios and twenty masses.
Ensemble. Lithe and Springy - The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Early music in focus - Musica Florea and Zelenka's baroque opera 'Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis', by Tess Crebbin and Sissy von Kotzebue