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Though revered as ‘the father of Italian opera’, Simon Mayr also wrote large-scale instrumental and orchestral music. His 1820 Concerto in D minor has an ingenious trick up its sleeve: it introduces each of the four soloists in turn with the flute, for example, soloing in the first movement and the clarinet in the second. This elegant, lyrical work hints at Beethoven but also at folklore in a winning way. The assured Keyboard Concerto reveals the influence of Haydn on the German-born Mayr whilst the Trio Concertante is imbued with Mayr’s vivid operatic impulses.
Johann Simon Mayr: Concerto for Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Basset Horn and Orchestra in D minor, "Concerto Bergamasco"
IV. Tema con variazioni
Johann Simon Mayr: Keyboard Concerto in C major
Johann Simon Mayr: Trio Concertante for 3 Violins and Orchestra in A minor
Trio Concertante for 3 Violins and Orchestra in A minor
“Previous encounters with Mayr’s music showed a composer of great skill, especially in his use of instrumental textures but rarely capable of memorable invention, in particular melodic invention. This disc has not changed that impression. Nonetheless, despite this and a short overall playing time, the charms of the Concerto Bergamasco are considerable.”