- Franz Hauk (Harpsichord)
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.
Recording information: Kongregationssaal, Neuburg, Germany (08/25/2014-08/31/2014).
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Works DetailsMayr, 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