Johann Simon Mayr - Saffo | Naxos - Opera 866036768

Johann Simon Mayr - Saffo

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Label: Naxos - Opera

Cat No: 866036768

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 4th January 2016

Contents

Artists

Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano)
Jaewon Yun (soprano)
Katharina Ruckgaber (soprano)
Marie Sande Papenmeyer (ezzo-soprano)
Markus Schafer (tenor)
Daniel Preis (tenor)
Franz Hauk (harpsichord)
Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Simon Mayr Chorus
Concerto de Bassus

Conductor

Franz Hauk

Works

Mayr, Johann Simon

Saffo

Artists

Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano)
Jaewon Yun (soprano)
Katharina Ruckgaber (soprano)
Marie Sande Papenmeyer (ezzo-soprano)
Markus Schafer (tenor)
Daniel Preis (tenor)
Franz Hauk (harpsichord)
Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Simon Mayr Chorus
Concerto de Bassus

Conductor

Franz Hauk

About

No one did more to combine in his operas the innovations of the Viennese classical composers, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, with the Italian ideal of bel canto, than Johann Simon Mayr, the Bavarian composer who rose to fame in Italy.

His opera Saffo, first performed in 1794, dates from his years in Venice. Not only was it his first opera, but it was also premièred at the Teatro La Fenice where it was enthusiastically received. It is full of surprising and striking elements, with a strong musical realisation of the text, supportive string and woodwind writing and vivid solo and choral effects.

Set by the Rock of Leucas, from which unsuccessful lovers leap to their deaths, the opera deals with the poetess Sappho’s unhappy love for Phaon, finally resolved in a happy ending.

Cast:
- Saffo (Sappho): Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano)
- Faone (Phaon): Jaewon Yun (soprano)
- Laodamia: Katharina Ruckgaber (soprano)
- Amfizione (The Pythia): Marie Sande Papenmeyer (ezzo-soprano)
- Alceo (Alcaeus): Markus Schäfer (tenor)
- Euricleo (Euricles): Daniel Preis (tenor)

Reviews

It’s a well made, well behaved score, but with occasional touches of genuine originality, especially in the scoring – later in his life Mayr would write a treatise on orchestration – although the characters tend to be off-the-peg opera seria types. Andrew Clements
The Guardian 22 January 2016

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