- Franz Hauk (Harpsichord)
Notes & Reviews:
Bavarian-born Johann Simon Mayr achieved renown as an Italianate opera composer, his earlier work taking the form of sacred oratorios. Gioas is a combination of both forms, being a parody-oratorio closely following Mayr's opera I misteri eleusini, which was considered by Stendhal to be "among [the] most powerful musical works of the age". This mythical drama of kings, priests and goddesses was ideally suited for its intended devotional use, and it joins other pioneering recordings from Franz Hauk which include David (8.570366-67) and Samuele (8.572721-22). Since 1982 Franz Hauk has served as organist, and since 1995 as choirmaster, at the Cathedral in Münster. Since 2002 he has taught historical performance practice and church music at the Munich State Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München. He has done much to foster a revival of interest in the composer Johann Simon Mayr.
American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The voices here are youthful and perhaps a bit light for some of Mayr's hefty demands. Giojada in particular could have been delivered more con testosterone. All in all, I admire these bright, agile voices partnered by Maestro Hauk's effervescent winds. Andrea Lauren Brown is delightful as Sebia, especially in her Act I 'Ombre amate' where she mourns her family's past and contemplates taking revenge on the hateful Athaliah. Her mother-son duets with tenor Robert Sellier are pretty jaunty as well. Hauk's conducting is alert and supportive of his singers, and the orchestral playing is much better than it was for Samuele. Mayr at his best.
Recording information: Asamkirche Maria de Victoria, Ingolstadt, Germany (09/06/2010-09/10/2010).
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Works DetailsMayr, Simon : Gioas, oratorio
- Performer: Franz Hauk (Harpsichord)
- Conductor: Franz Hauk
- Ensemble: Simon Mayr Choir
- Notes: Asamkirche Maria de Victoria, Ingolstadt, Germany (09/06/2010-09/10/2010)
- Running Time: 101 min. 3 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio