Mayr: Gioas Oratorio (Andrea Lauren-Brown/ Robert Sellier/ Cornel Frey/ Andreas Burkhart/ Simon Mayr Choir & Ensemble/ Franz Hauk) (Naxos: 8.572710-11)
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Bavarian-born Johann Simon Mayr achieved renown as an Italianate opera composer, his earlier work taking the form of sacred oratorios. Gioas is a combination of both forms, being a parody-oratorio closely following Mayr's opera I misteri eleusini
, which was considered by Stendhal to be "among [the] most powerful musical works of the age"
. This mythical drama of kings, priests and goddesses was ideally suited for its intended devotional use, and it joins other pioneering recordings from Franz Hauk which include David
(8.570366-67) and Samuele
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