Mayr: Le Due Duchesse

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Label: Naxos Opera
Catalog: 8660422-23
Format: CD

Thum, Harald; Choi, Eun-Hye; Mallmann, Niklas; Simon Mayr Chorus; Concerto de Bassus; Lindemann, Jörn; Mattersberger, Andreas; Jo, Jaegyeong; Schäfer, Markus; Herbert, Tina Marie; Bayerischer Staatsopernchor; Hauk, Franz; Ahn, Young-Jun; Feith, Anna; Hasselhorn, Samuel

As one of the leading operatic composers of his generation, Johann Simon Mayr nurtured a fascination with the chivalric stories of medieval England. Le due duchesse, an opera semiseria with buffa elements, is set during the reign of the 10th-century King Edgar. Huntsmen’s and Knights’ choruses and troubadour-like songs give great vivacity to a score that is both lyrical and dramatic. Mayr’s compound of Viennese Classicism and Italianate melodic beauty, allied to his ambitious writing and a skillful libretto, produced an important and influential opera couched in his own unmistakable idiom.

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