The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
DISCUSSION: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
8.660483-84 (Naxos Records, CD, 2 discs)
FIRST RELEASE (11 February 2022)
Playing time: 87'08"/69'16" - TT 156'24"
Tracks: 15 + 17
Booklet pages: 16
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Main country of recording: Germany
Country of manufacture: Germany
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Johann Simon Mayr: Alfredo il Grande published on 18 September 2022
Marie-Luise Dressen, mezzo-soprano (Alfredo/Elfrido)
Markus Schäfer, tenor (Gutrumo)
Daniel Ochoa, bass (Etelberto)
Anna Feith, soprano (Alinda)
Sophia Körber, soprano (Alsvita)
Philipp Polhardt, tenor (Amundo)
Simon Mayr Chorus
Members of Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Concerto de Bassus
Dmitry Lepekhov, concertmaster
Franz Hauk, conductor
Johann Simon Mayr (1763-1845):
Alfredo il Grande ('Alfred the Great') - opera seria in two acts (original Milan version, 1819), to a libretto by Bartolomeo Merelli (1794-1879)
2-15 Act I
1-17 Act II
Medieval England exerted a strong influence on Johann Simon Mayr, especially during his final proto-Romantic period. Alfredo il Grande was to be one of his last operas, with a narrative that takes us to a land under threat of war with the Vikings. Escaping capture, Alfred the Great travels incognito, ultimately defeating the enemy and rescuing his beloved Alsvita. With its grandiose choruses and sensuous melodies, this opera was conceived on a monumental scale and proved both impressive at its premiere and influential on the next generation of bel canto composers, making a substantial contribution to the development of the melodramma romantico.
Recorded 18-25 August 2019 at Kongregationssaal, Neuburg, Germany.