Simon Mayr: L'Armonia, etc / Hauk, Or, Piriu, et al

Album Summary

>Mayr, Simon : L'Armonia, dramatic cantata for soloists, choir & orchestra
>Mayr, Simon : Cantata for the Death of Beethoven, for soloists, choir & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"One thing's clear about this composer/teacher/choir master: he knew his Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, and if you like their sacred and theatrical music, you'll enjoy this program featuring two delightful cantatas. L'Armonia, an extended (45-minute) near-opera with three scenes, characters, choruses, virtuoso arias, and well-developed recitatives, was presented on the occasion of a state visit to Bergamo in 1825 by the Emperor Franz I and his entourage. It contains all the conventions of the day to satisfy and impress an imperial audience--the references to classical poets and mythology, symbolic associations to the emperor's benevolence and wisdom (not to mention a surprise tribute to the Empress), grand choruses and florid arias glorifying the defense of the nation's and its people's ideals in battle, and textual quotations espousing the goals of harmony and peace.

But rather than being tedious and predictable, Mayr treats us to some very appealing, expertly crafted music that handily combines some dramatic and very demanding Mozartian opera-style arias--beautifully sung by all three soloists--with choruses right out of the church works of Mozart and Haydn Once more I do have to mention the solo singers--soprano Talia Or, tenor Altin Piriù, and bass Nikolay Borchev--all first class and very solid in some very challenging music. They have a lot to do here, and they really carry the show. A pleasant surprise!" -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Mayr, Simon : L'Armonia, dramatic cantata for soloists, choir & orchestra
  • Performer: Talia Or (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Franz Hauk
  • Ensemble: Georgian Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Asamkirche Maria de Victoria, Ingolstadt, Germany (09/15/2005-09/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825

>Mayr, Simon : Cantata for the Death of Beethoven, for soloists, choir & orchestra
  • Performers: Altin Piriù (Tenor); Talia Or (Soprano); Nikolay Borchev (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Franz Hauk
  • Ensemble: Georgian Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Asamkirche Maria de Victoria, Ingolstadt, Germany (09/15/2005-09/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1827