Mayr: Arianna in Nasso (Ariadne on Naxos)

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Mayr: Arianna in Nasso (Ariadne on Naxos)



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1st Oct 2012




57 minutes


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Mayr: Arianna in Nasso (Ariadne on Naxos)

Cornelia Horak (Arianna), Thomas Michael Allen (Bacco) & Franz Hauk (directed from the harpsichord)

Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble



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The Bavarian-born composer Simon Mayr spent his compositional life in Italy, spreading the influence of Viennese classicism whilst himself being influenced by prevailing Italian models. His cantata Arianna in Nasso (Ariadne on Naxos) was written for the leading soprano Isabella Colbran, who was later to marry Rossini. Her virtuosity inspired Mayr, and his cantata is a stirring example of vivid nature writing, refined pathos, and joyous celebration. Franz Hauk and the Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble are the world’s leading Mayr exponents and their recordings have received the highest critical acclaim.

Johann Simon Mayr: Arianna a Nasso


Introduzione: Misera! al sonno in preda (Chorus)

Recitativo: Larve terribili (Arianna)

Aria: Coll'empia l'infido (Arianna)


Chorus: Dal confine ove lieta l'Aurora (Chorus)

Recitativo: Si, compagni, quel nume (Bacco)

Aria: Il fatal fragor dell'armi (Bacco, Chorus)

Recitativo: Giove del lungo errar questa e la meta (Bacco, Chorus, Arianna)

Duetto: Non temer (Bacco, Arianna)

Recitativo: Le passate vicende (Bacco, Arianna)

Chorus: Del bromio dio (Chorus) - Recitativo: Che vedo! (Arianna, Bacco)

Chorus: Abbi, Arianna, omai di tanti lai (Chorus) - Recitativo: Deh! benefico nume (Arianna)

Aria: Troppo oppresso (Arianna, Bacco, Chorus)

Finale: D'Arianna e di Lieo (Chorus)

The Guardian

18th October 2012


“[Cornelia Horak] doesn't quite have the necessary star quality, though Thomas Michael Allen in the distinctly secondary role of Bacchus is much more than adequate, and Franz Hauk ensures Mayr's striking orchestral textures make their point.”

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