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Mayr: La Passione, Stabat Mater No 5 / Hauk, Jette, Schroder

Release Date: 04/29/2003 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7251/52   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Hartmut SchröderMaria JetteRobert MerwaldFranz Hauk,   ... 
Conductor:  Franz Hauk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Georgian Chamber OrchestraIngolstadt Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

La Passione was composed in 1794 and dates from the early "Venetian years" of Mayr's creative life. By 1794, Mayr was already thirty-one years old and had only just begun to compose on a large scale. Before that, he was known as a talented keyboard player and as a composer of songs. He received little formal teaching in composition except for lessons from Lenzi of Bergamo and Bertoni of Venice. He tells us in his writings that he learned more from studying the works of other composers than from his teachers, and thus he may be considered in many respects as a self-taught composer, a fact that helps to explain the idiosyncratic style of his work. Prior to this, he had been singled out as a childhood prodigy and was educated by the monks of Read more Weltenburg and the Jesuits of Ingolstadt in Bavaria. Like C.P.E. Bach, he received a legal training at the University while he continued his musical studies on his own, playing the organ to supplement his income. Mayr was a devout catholic and he founded a music school closely linked to the Basilica of St. Maria Maggiore, Bergamo, and was consequently the composer of sacred music for all occasions. He came to settle in Italy with three ideals in mind: to reform Italian opera, to found a school to aid such a reform and to reform Italian church music that too often during his generation had sunk to the level of mere operatic tunes. La Passione, however, dates from before Mayr had founded his school or had even begun to evolve his radical ideas concerning religious music. 1794, the year of its composition, also saw, performed with great success, Mayr's first opera, Saffo ossia I riti d'Apollo Leucadio, at La Fenice, Venice. He was immediately recognized as the new voice of Italian opera, breaking with the world of Cimarosa, Paisiello and Salieri by introducing to Italian music concepts taken from Viennese Classicism, especially those ideas expressed in the music of Haydn and Mozart. La Passione is one of six early oratorios Mayr conceived in the Venetian tradition. A mystery surrounds Mayr's Stabat Mater No. 5. It is the earliest example of the Good Friday hymn in the Fondo Mayr, Biblioteca Civica, Bergamo, where most of the composer's religious music is to be found. It is certainly not the fifth setting of the hymn in order of composition when compared to the other pieces available in that collection; it is the earliest. The listener will immediately recognize that stylistically this Stabat Mater comes from the same period of inspiration as La Passione. Thus, No. 5 could mean that Mayr had already composed four lost settings while in Venice. Some of these manuscripts may still be languishing and gathering dust in libraries there. One fact may be established. The set of manuscript parts for both La Passione and the Stabat Mater are by the same copyist. Read less

Works on This Recording

La Passione by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Hartmut Schröder (Tenor), Maria Jette (Soprano), Robert Merwald (Bass),
Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Claudia Schneider (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Hauk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Georgian Chamber Orchestra,  Ingolstadt Vocal Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1794; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Stabat Mater no 5 in C minor by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Claudia Schneider (Mezzo Soprano), Hartmut Schröder (Tenor), Robert Merwald (Bass),
Franz Hauk (Harpsichord), Maria Jette (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franz Hauk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Georgian Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1795; Venice, Italy 
Language: Latin 

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