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MAYR, J.S.: Samuele [Oratorio] (A.L. Brown, Bernhard, Trost, Hamann, Simon Mayr Choir, Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Hauk)

Composer(s):Mayr, Johann Simon
Artist(s)
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.572721-22
Label Naxos
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Influential, popular and prolific in his day, Bavarian born Simon Mayr left his mark in providing a bridge between Northern classicism and the bel canto of Italy, his adopted country of residence. The oratorio Samuele deals with the calling of Samuel as a prophet, and was written in 1821 for the consecration of Pietro Mola as Bishop of Bergamo. Mayr set his oratorio to the Poesia of one of his pupils, Bartolomeo Merelli, the collaboration resulting in a fascinating work which combines theology with dramatic innovation such as the use of ‘melodrama’ or spoken text.


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Review By Jacques Bonnaure,Opéra (France),April 2015

Installé à Bergame, où il eut pour disciple le jeune Donizetti, Mayr fait représenter l’oratorio Samuele en 1821, à l’occasion de l’intronisation du nouvel évêque. Il utilise, pour l’occasion, un livret de son élève Bartolomeo Merelli, qui deviendra plus tard un imprésario de premier plan et lancera la carrière de Verdi. L’intrigue suit la Bible, évoquant la naissance de Samuel, fils d’Elkana et d’Anne, et les débuts de sa vie de prophète. Le compositeur en profite pour déployer une grande diversité de sentiments et de situations. La première partie, d’un ton plutôt léger et optimiste, atteint son

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