GRAMOLA, 1 CD
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Joseph Mayseder, solo violinist of the Vienna Hofoper Orchestra and since 1830 concertmaster of the Vienna Court Orchestra, composed numerous violin pieces and chamber music, and as significant late work the Mass in E-flat major, Op. 64 for mixed choir and orchestra. Mayseder renounces the usual singing solos in favor of the choir. The premiere of the mass took place in 1848 in the Vienna Hofburgkapelle. It was performed from 1875 to 1935 on 49 New Year's days and therefore was given the nickname 'New Year's Mass'. Performing musicians include the Vienna Boys Choir, the Men's Choir of the Vienna State Opera, and members of the Hofmusikkapelle under the direction of the Viennese violinist and conductor Thomas Christian, who also appears as a soloist in the Violin Concerto No. 2, which is also to be heard on this recording.
Thomas Christian, pupil of Franz Toifl, Theodore Pashkus and Jascha Heifetz, performed at Paganini's first violin concerto at New York's Carnegie Hall at the age of 19. Since then he has performed as a violinist and conductor of numerous major orchestras in Europe, the USA and Asia, and is professor at the conservatories in Detmold, Vienna and Tokyo. He has released many CDs of solo and chamber music recordings.
|1||Messe Es-Dur op. 64|
|3||III Qui tollis||1:59||0.99€|
|6||VI Et incarnatus||2:15||0.99€|
|7||VII Et resurrexit||2:54||0.99€|
|10||X Agnus Dei||4:35||0.99€|
|11||XI Dona nobis||2:14||0.99€|
|Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2|
|14||III Rondo moderato||9:10||1.59€|
Joseph Mayseder (1789-1863) began performing at the age of eleven, while he studied composition with Emanuel Aloys Förster, who was a friend of both Haydn and Mozart. Later he became solo violinist of the Vienna Court Opera Orchestra and from 1830 also concertmaster of the Hofmusikkapelle. The Austrian label Gramola has already released several CDs with his works.
The main work of this new release is the Mass in E flat major op. 64 for mixed choir and orchestra, i.e. without the usual vocal solos. The premiere of the mass took place in 1848 at the Hofburgkapelle in Vienna. It was performed on 49 New Year’s days from 1875 to 1935 and is therefore known as the New Year’s Mass.
After one single performance in 1940, it was not heard again in Vienna until 2018.
The composition uses the traditional Latin mass text and is very atmospheric, especially in the quiet passages. But also the rest of the mass is graceful and pleasingly melodic. Especially beautiful are the Agnus Dei and Dona nobis pacem, which are truly heartfelt in this overall very good performance.
This is followed by the Violin Concerto No. 2, with outer movements reminiscent of Italian music and a very sensitive Andante. The concert is conducted by Thomas Christian with verve and is also accurately supervised as soloist.
- Remy Franck