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Johnn Simon Mayr (1763-1845): Saffo, opera / Andrea Lauren Brown, Jaewon Yun, Markus Schafer, Marie Sande Papenmeyer, Daniel Preis. Concerto de Bassus, Franz Hauk

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  1. Mayr — Saffo: Sinfonia $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Ecco la pizia $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Venerato ministro, in me tu vedi $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Queste esanimi e candide belve $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Lasciai del campo gli orridi bellici $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Venga di Lesbo la teoria $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Entrata di Saffo $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Ah dicesti abbastanza $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Andiam, offriamo, amici $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Dentro lo speco incognito $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Torni la pace al cor $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: O mie compagne udiste $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Serena il tuo pensier $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Amici, al vostro affetto grato io son $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Sfidar in sol per lei $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mayr — Saffo, Act I: Amor crudel deh non mi togliere $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Sciogli gli accenti tuoi $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Vati, stranier, teori $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Nume del Ciel che sei $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: E tu perché non sciogli $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Cessa di piangere per un ingrato $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Così piacesse al Nume $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Piacesse a te svelar quando $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Soave, dolce, cara è la morte $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Odi il funesto grido $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Palpitante. Agitata. Tremante $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Saffo, e che ti spaventa? $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Quanti, crudeli, siete contro di me? $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Tacito e mesto in volto $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Rispetta i giorni tuoi $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Nato son già alle lagrime $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Saffo, non ti smarir $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: La dolce speranza disgombri il duol $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: E quel pianto, quel duolo $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Pallida morte, vieni, guidami $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Andiam, miei fidi $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Mayr — Saffo, Act II: Ciascun mi fugge $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mayr, Simon : Saffo, opera
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

No one did more to combine in his operas the innovations of the Viennese classical composers, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, with the Italian ideal of bel canto than Johann Simon Mayr, the Bavarian composer who rose to fame in Italy. His opera Saffo, first performed in 1794, dates from his years in Venice. Not only was it his first opera but it was premiered at the Teatro La Fenice where it was enthusiastically received. It is full of surprising and striking elements, with a strong musical realisation of the text, supportive string and woodwind writing and vivid solo and choral effects. Set by the Rock of Leucas, from which unsuccessful lovers leap to their deaths, the opera deals with poetess Sappho's unhappy love for Phaon, finally resolved in a happy ending.

The Guardian, 21st January 2016
It's a well made, well behaved score, but with occasional touches of genuine originality, especially in the scoring...The title role gets the main share of the opera's big moments and Andrea Lauren Brown makes the most of them, though the performance under Franz Hauk is sometimes a bit too dutiful.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Franz Hauk has become an ardent champion of Mayr's works. He has already recorded four of them for Naxos. This new release is an honorable addition to his efforts. The singers are quite able. Brown creates a personality of vocal strength and emotional range. The role of Faone, written for the castrato Crescentini, is taken here by soprano Yun, who sings handsomely. Schafer is touching. Papenmeyer as the Pythia that fits. The choral and orchestral work is excellent. Good notes and synopsis.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kongregationssaal, Neuburg, Germany (08/25/2014-08/31/2014).


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>Mayr, Simon : Saffo, opera
  • Performer: Franz Hauk (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Franz Hauk
  • Ensemble: Simon Mayr Chorus
  • Notes: Kongregationssaal, Neuburg, Germany (08/25/2014-08/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1794