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MAYR, J.S.: Opera excerpts - Elisa / Ginevra di Scozia / L'amor coniugale / Adelasia e Aleramo / Elena / Cora / Alfredo il grande / Fedra / Medea in C

MAYR, J.S.: Opera excerpts - Elisa / Ginevra di Scozia / L'amor coniugale / Adelasia e Aleramo / Elena / Cora / Alfredo il grande / Fedra / Medea in C

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2011


Artists:

Philharmonia Orchestra


Trieste Teatro Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra


Severini, Tiziano


Parry, David


David Parry

Conductor

Marilyn Hill Smith

Soloist

Yvonne Kenny

Soloist

Diana Montague

Soloist

Russell Smythe

Soloist

Antonino Siragusa

Soloist

David Parry

Soloist

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir



Record Label
Opera rara

Genre:

Opera




Total Time - 70:42
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MAYR, J.S.: Opera excerpts - Elisa / Ginevra di Scozia / L'amor coniugale / Adelasia e Aleramo / Elena / Cora / Alfredo il grande / Fedra / Medea in C

     
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JOHANN SIMON MAYR

1 

Elisa: Overture

7:27
 David Parry Conductor
 Parry, David
     
 

GAETANO ROSSI

 

Ginevra di Scozia

 
2 Ginevra di Scozia, Act I: Duet: Vieni: cola t'attendo 6:49
 Antonino Siragusa Soloist
 Severini, Tiziano
     
3 Ginevra di Scozia, Act II: Duet: Per pieta, deh! non lasciarmi 6:31
 Marilyn Hill Smith Soloist
 Parry, David
     
4 

L'amor coniugale

9:04
 David Parry Soloist
 Parry, David
     
 

LUIGI ROMANELLI

5 

Adelasia e Aleramo

7:29
 David Parry Soloist
 Parry, David
     
 

ANDREA LEONE TOTTOLA

6 

Elena

12:24
 Russell Smythe Soloist
 Parry, David
     
 

JOHANN SIMON MAYR

7 

Cora

4:12
 Yvonne Kenny Soloist
 Parry, David
     
8 

Alfredo il grande: Romanza: Ov'e la bella vergine?

8:10
 Diana Montague Soloist
 Parry, David
     
 

LUIGI ROMANELLI

9 

Fedra

2:31
 David Parry Soloist
 Parry, David
     
 

FELICE ROMANI

10 

Medea in Corinto

6:05
 Yvonne Kenny Soloist
 Parry, David


Opera Rara is delighted to present this album of special selections of music by Giovanni Simone Mayr.

Between 1794 and 1824, Mayr composed over sixty operas. Admired for his combination of Italianate melody and Germanic harmony and instrumentation, he is a composer whose music explores the psychology of his characters with deeply satisfying thoughtfulness, as this absorbing selection of excerpts from his operas demonstrates.

Giovanni Simone Mayr was born in Mendorf, a small village near Ingolstadt in Bavaria, on 14 June 1763. Ever ambitious to study in Italy, he travelled to Bergamo and on to Venice. He is particularly remembered for Medea in Corinto (Naples, 1813), but many of his works enjoyed great success and were widely heard in their day.

In 1803, Mayr was appointed maestro di cappella of S. Maria Maggiore, the great Romanesque basilica of Bergamo, a position which gave him a home-base and a stability enjoyed by few composers of the time. It was in Bergamo that he also became famous as a teacher, founding in 1806 his celebrated lezioni caritatevoli or ‘charitable lessons’, which were designed to train the sons of indigent parents as choirboys. His most famous pupil was Gaetano Donizetti.

Mayr was one of several composers credited with the invention of the so-called Rossinian crescendo. He is also believed to have been the first to introduce the harp and the cor anglais to the Italian operatic orchestra. Believing that ‘the simplest means are always the best’, he concentrated on purity of melody, and on choosing instruments, especially solo instruments, for their timbre and colour. Consequently, one has to listen ‘inwardly’ to his music: to harmonies, to instrumental colours and textures, to the unfolding of melodies, to the expression of words and emotions. As Louis Spohr remarked, Mayr has, ‘if not so much imagination as Rossini, yet, certainly, more knowledge and aesthetic feeling’.

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