Mayr: Miserere & Litaniae Lauretanae
Sellier, Robert; Mischok, Virgil; Brown, Andrea Lauren; Simon Mayr Chorus; Yun, Jaewon; Concerto de Bassus; Holzhauser, Theresa; Schäfer, Markus; Virtuosi Italiani; Bayerischer Staatsopernchor; Hauk, Franz; Hamann, Jens
Born in the Bavarian town of Mendorf, near Ingolstadt, in 1763, Simon Mayr was the son of a schoolteacher and showed some early ability as a musician. He was a pupil at the Jesuit College in Ingolstadt before entering the university to study theology. He continued to demonstrate great musical versatility, but his training as a musician only began in earnest in 1787, when a patron took him to Italy. There, from 1789, he studied with Carlo Lenzi, maestro di cappella of the Bergamo Basilica of Sta Maria Maggiore. There followed, through the generosity of another patron, a period of study with Bertoni in Venice. His early commissioned compositions were largely in the form of sacred oratorios. On this new release, members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus present his Miserere along with other sacred works, several of which are receiving here their world premiere recordings.