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Mayr: Tobiae Matrimonium / Franz Hauk, Simon Mayr Chorus And Ensemble


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570752-53   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Judith SpiesserFranz HaukSusane BernhardMargriet Buchberger,   ... 
Conductor:  Franz Hauk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr EnsembleSimon Mayr Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MAYR The Marriage of Tobias Franz Hauk (hpd, cond); Judith Spiesser ( Raguel ); Margriet Buchberger ( Anna ); Cornelia Horak ( Sara ); Susanne Bernard ( Archangel Raphael ); Stefanie Irányi ( Tobias ); Simon Mayr Ens & Ch NAXOS 8.570752 (2 CDs: Read more 95:19)


Although Simon Mayr is perhaps best remembered today as the teacher of Donizetti, he was a significant composer of operas, oratorios, and other vocal and instrumental works. Born in Bavaria, he went to Italy to study music, ending up in Venice. His earliest sacred compositions led to a commission from the Ospedale dei Mendicanti (one of Venice’s conservatories for women) for an oratorio, Iacob a Labano fugiens in 1791, the first of six oratorios Mayr composed in the first half of the decade before turning his major focus to opera.


Tobiae matrimonium (“The Marriage of Tobias”) is the third of these works, written in 1794, also for the Ospedale dei Mendicanti. That necessarily resulted in a work for treble voices (four sopranos and one mezzo) and a female chorus. Mayr’s style is reminiscent of Mozart and Haydn, but he is no pale imitator of these great masters. His vocal writing is very attractive, he has a gift for melody, and his orchestration is imaginative and varied. Mayr’s work is strong enough to stand on its own and deserves to be better known. In fact, we seem to be in the midst of a small Mayr revival. With this recording, four of Mayr’s six early oratorios are available on CD, and there are recordings of other sacred works, as well as five operas.


Conductor Franz Hauk seems to be something of a Mayr specialist. All of his recordings listed at arkivmusic.com are of works by Mayr. An earlier recording for Naxos of Mayr’s David in the Cave of Engedi was praised by Patrick Rucker in Fanfare 32:4. I agree wholeheartedly with his assessment. Hauk leads a strong performance, sensibly paced, in which the many felicitous details of Mayr’s orchestration are well served by the expert Simon Mayr Ensemble.


The soloists are a generally accomplished group. All are adept at coloratura (a couple even have decent trills). They employ vibrato, which may not be to the taste of all listeners. In fact, Margriet Buchberger goes a bit too far in this regard. Cornelia Horak as Sara has a more “mature” sound than does Buchberger; these two singers should probably have switched roles. Stefanie Irányi as Tobias, the only mezzo, is not quite as accomplished as her discmates. She is not as smooth in coloratura or as comfortable in her lowest notes, but she is never less than good in her portrayal. The female chorus is excellent.


As usual with Naxos, the libretto must be downloaded from its Web site. Naxos promises an English translation, but the online libretto is in Latin and German only. The CD booklet contains a synopsis. At Naxos’s price, this recording should be irresistible to anyone interested in the music of the late 18th century.


FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Marriage of Tobias: Overture by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Judith Spiesser (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Susane Bernhard (Soprano),
Margriet Buchberger (Soprano), Cornelia Horak (Soprano), Stefanie Irányi (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Hauk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble,  Simon Mayr Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
The Marriage of Tobias: O filia misera by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo secco: Ne plangatis o chari by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Margriet Buchberger (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Cornelia Horak (Soprano),
Judith Spiesser (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
The Marriage of Tobias: Aria: Non amplius tormentum by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Margriet Buchberger (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo secco: O mater mea! by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Judith Spiesser (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
The Marriage of Tobias: Duet: Aura sonat, unda murmurat by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo secco: En pedes meos by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Judith Spiesser (Soprano), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord),
Susane Bernhard (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Pater... pater... by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Judith Spiesser (Soprano), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano), Cornelia Horak (Soprano),
Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Susane Bernhard (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9.
The Marriage of Tobias: Quartet: Dulci motu palpitando by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Judith Spiesser (Soprano), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano), Cornelia Horak (Soprano),
Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Susane Bernhard (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo secco: Tobias nepos dilecte! by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo secco: Nec vana verba tua by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Cornelia Horak (Soprano), Judith Spiesser (Soprano),
Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
12.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Quidnam o coeli! by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 33 Secs. 
13.
The Marriage of Tobias: Aria: Agitata, incerta, oppressa by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
14.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo secco: Cur tanta poena sua? by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Judith Spiesser (Soprano), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano),
Susane Bernhard (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
15.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Vere felix Tobias! by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano), Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
16.
The Marriage of Tobias: Duet: O momentum fortunatum by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Stefanie Irányi (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
17.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo secco: Tobias, amice egisti? by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Cornelia Horak (Soprano), Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord),
Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 33 Secs. 
18.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Vade, vade Tobias by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
19.
The Marriage of Tobias: Aria: Cedit ipsa? ... est mea ...quis timor! by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
20.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Misera! Quo vado? by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Cornelia Horak (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
21.
The Marriage of Tobias: Duet: vivam semper sponsae unitus by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano), Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
22.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: O vere felix pater by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Stefanie Irányi (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Cornelia Horak (Soprano),
Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Judith Spiesser (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
23.
The Marriage of Tobias: Vive sponse, sponsa vive by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Cornelia Horak (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Susane Bernhard (Soprano),
Stefanie Irányi (Soprano), Judith Spiesser (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
24.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo secco: Da pacem poenae tuae by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Judith Spiesser (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
25.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Ah tacete, tacete by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Judith Spiesser (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 25 Secs. 
26.
The Marriage of Tobias: Aria: Tenero patri amanti by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Judith Spiesser (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
27.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo secco: Tempus accedit by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Susane Bernhard (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 22 Secs. 
28.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Veni, sponsa dilecta by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Cornelia Horak (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
29.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: O Deus, vocem audi dolentem by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
30.
The Marriage of Tobias: Aria: Tu, cui servi sunt terrae by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
31.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Quam animatus sum! by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano),
Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
32.
The Marriage of Tobias: Terzetto: veni, monstrum, non pavesco by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano),
Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
33.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo secco: En religavi monstrum by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Cornelia Horak (Soprano), Susane Bernhard (Soprano),
Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 20 Secs. 
34.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Siste. Quid? by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 34 Secs. 
35.
The Marriage of Tobias: Aria: Serena cor turbatum by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
36.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Sine, o crudelis, me by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Cornelia Horak (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
37.
The Marriage of Tobias: Aria: Terge, o chara, tuas pupillas by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Stefanie Irányi (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
38.
The Marriage of Tobias: Recitativo accompagnato: Troppo chiaro si vede by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Cornelia Horak (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 26 Secs. 
39.
The Marriage of Tobias: Finale: non ha l'umana vita by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Margriet Buchberger (Soprano), Judith Spiesser (Soprano), Cornelia Horak (Soprano),
Susane Bernhard (Soprano), Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Stefanie Irányi (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mayr Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Overture
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: O filia misera (Chorus)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo secco: Ne plangatis o chari (Sara, Raguel, Anna)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Aria: Non amplius tormentum (Anna)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo secco: O mater mea! (Sara, Raguel)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Duet: Aura sonat, unda murmurat (Tobias, Raphael)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo secco: En pedes meos (Tobias, Raphael, Raguel)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo accompagnato: Pater... pater... (Sara, Raguel, Raphael, Tobias)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Quartet: Dulci motu palpitando (Sara, Raguel, Raphael, Tobias)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo secco: Tobias nepos dilecte! (Tobias)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo secco: Nec vana verba tua (Raphael, Tobias, Raguel, Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo accompagnato: Quidnam o coeli! (Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Aria: Agitata, incerta, oppressa (Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo secco: Cur tanta poena sua? (Raphael, Raguel, Tobias)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo accompagnato: Vere felix Tobias! (Tobias, Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Duet: O momentum fortunatum (Sara, Tobias)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo secco: Tobias, amice egisti? (Raphael, Raguel, Tobias, Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo accompagnato: Vade, vade Tobias (Tobias)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Aria: Cedit ipsa? ... est mea ...quis timor! (Tobias)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo accompagnato: Misera! Quo vado? (Sara, Tobias)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Duet: Vivam semper sponsae unitus (Tobias, Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Recitativo accompagnato: O vere felix pater (Raphael, Tobias, Sara, Raguel)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part I: Vive sponse, sponsa vive (Chorus, Tobias, Raphael, Raguel, Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Recitativo secco: Da pacem poenae tuae (Raphael, Raguel)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Aria: Tenero patri amanti (Raguel)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Recitativo accompagnato: Veni, sponsa dilecta (Tobias, Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Recitativo accompagnato: O Deus, vocem audi dolentem (Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Aria: Tu, cui servi sunt terrae (Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Recitativo accompagnato: Quam animatus sum! (Tobias, Raphael, Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Terzetto: Veni, monstrum, non pavesco (Tobias, Sara, Raphael)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Recitativo accompagnato: Siste. Quid? (Raphael, Sara)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Aria: Serena cor turbatum (Raphael)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Recitativo accompagnato: Sine, o crudelis, me (Sara, Tobias)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Aria: Terge, o chara, tuas pupillas (Tobias)
Tobia, o Tobiae matrimonium: Part II: Finale: Non ha l'umana vita (Tutti)

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