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DVD - Jakub Jan Ryba: Czech Christmas Mass / Czech Christmas Carols


Kyrie – Gloria – Graduale – Credo – Offertorium – Sanctus – Benedictus – Agnus Dei – Communio

The Czech Christmas Mass called “Hey Master, get up, quickly!“ by Jakub Jan Ryba (1765–1815) became one of the most important works of one of the best educated Czech schoolmasters and usicians of his time who found his destiny in the school employment in the small town of Rožmitál pod Třemšínem. There, Ryba increasingly engaged in diverse activities in the fields of enlightenment, idactics, literature and music. Among the works he left as a composer, we find a number of masses set to Latin texts, but only one to a Czech text. In this case, Ryba chose his own Czech adaptation of the story of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, following the example of popular nativity plays. From the first performance at Christmas in 1796, Ryba’s Czech Mass has gradually become a symbol of Czech Christmas holidays and is frequently performed until today.

DVD - Jakub Jan Ryba: Czech Christmas Mass / Czech Christmas Carols - obal

Sung in Czech

Recorded on October 18 and 19, 1986 at the church in Rožmitál pod Třemšínem


Folk songs and carols are an essential part of the Christmas mood. We are now able to listen to a vivid example of what Czech people have been singing during these holidays since the distant past.

I. Christmas songs from the foothills of the Giant Mountains

II. Christmas songs from the time of the Hussites

III. Christmas pastorals

Sung in Czech

The DVD is available to buy in the Supraphon e-shop.