SIMON MAYR (1763-1845): Gioas.
Catalogue Number: 10O033
Description: The latest oratrio from Mayr dates from 1823 and its Old Testament-based libretto adapts an earlier (1802) opera so, in this case, Mayr is disguising an opera as an oratorio which is a "parody" of an opera. But you don't care about that - you care about the finely-constructed arias, ensembles and choruses and the orchestral innovation and color you've come to expect from this composer. And you'll get them! 2 CDs. Libretto and translations available on-line. Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Robert Sellier, Cornel Frey (tenors), Andreas Burkhardt (bass), Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble; Franz Hauk.