Giovanni Simone Mayr
About the composer
Giovanni Simone Mayr was born June 14, 1763 as Johann Simon Mayer in Mendorf (nowadays Altmannstein), Bavaria, Germany. From 1789 he studied in Venice and soon he established himself as one of the foremost opera composers in Italy. In 1802 he became Maestro di Capella of the cathedral in Bergamo, where he stayed until his death in december 1845. He composed not only more than 600 pieces of sacred music, but also was a highly regarded teacher (a.o. Donizetti). He composed a number of Stabat Maters, always using the cantata form, in which choral pieces alternated with solo ones. The soloists often sing in dialogue with one or more solo instruments. Interesting is, that the solo pieces were treated as individual pieces, so that within the fixed bodies of the first and last stanzas (Stabat and Quando) one had some choice in case some soloist was not available.
About the Stabat Mater
Soprano, Tenor , Bass and orchestra
The composition, called Stabat Mater nr. 3 in C minor, is divided into eight sections of two to six stanzas. The music sounds like a mixture of Donizetti and Rossini and is very nice to listen to. Dialogues can be heard between soprano and cello, tenor and clarinet, and bass and french horn.
The "Vatican"-version of the text is used, with some minor changes.
Information about the recording
|Dynamic CDS 242: Giovanni Simone Mayr, Stabat Mater
A reconstruction of the Stabat Mater of a composer who was a great man in his time, but nearly forgotten nowadays. No data about where and when the recording was made. I bought this CD in a record shop in the Netherlands, 1999
|Orchestra da Camera degli Incontri Europei con la Musica
|Coro Polifonico Antiche Armonie
Elena Bertocchi, soprano