SIMON MAYR (1763-1845): Messa di Gloria in E Minor, Messa di Gloria in F Minor (First Recordings).
Catalogue Number: 05W034
Description: Mayr’s Masses were in demand across Europe, and their composition is rooted in the Italian tradition of the messa concertata which demands division into separate vocal numbers. The large (58-minute) Mass in E minor has long been recognized as an outstanding example of Mayr’s late style, with its polyphonic mastery and dialogues between singers and concertante solo instruments being exceptionally convincing. The Mass in F minor (just under 22 minutes) evokes both joy and deep melancholy, though accompanied, as always, by Mayr’s notable gift for melodic beauty. Vocal soloists, Simon Mayr Chorus, Concerto de Bassus; Franz Hauk.