Mayr’s great Mass in E flat major is a late work, largely composed in 1843. It conforms to the prevailing Italian messa concertata tradition with its clear divisions into distinct vocal numbers, as opposed to the symphonic Mass which held sway north of the Alps. In this reconstruction and musical revival, Mayr’s imposing, tonally consonant and expressive setting can be heard in all its grandeur and eloquence. With its striking vocal solos and choruses, and characteristically songlike instrumental roles, Mayr contributed a late pinnacle in the long history of this form of the Mass.
As a listening experience there is much to enjoy here. Performances are committed, with special praise forRead more the tenor, Markus Schäfer, though no-one lets the side down. Nothing lingers and there is a sense of energy and momentum. It is a valuable addition to the discography of 19th Century masses.
Praise to Naxos, for full notes and for including in the booklet the very familiar words and translation: too often record companies have made false economies by expecting the listener to have recourse to a website.
Mass in E-Flat Majorby Giovanni Simone Mayr Performer:
Johanna Krödel (Alto),
Daniel Ochoa (Bass),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor),
Dorota Szczepańska (Soprano)
Simon Mayr Choir,
Concerto de Bassus
Period: Romantic Written: 1843; Italy Notes: reconstructed and arranged by Franz Hauk, Manfred Hößl