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Friday, October 14, 2016
Johann Simon Mayr, Overtures, Franz Hauk
Mayr was Bavarian born, did most of his composing in Italy, and for these overtures manages to synthesize Mozart and Beethoven with Rossini, in a most pleasant, well-crafted and even inspired way.
The music has a jaunty aura about it, firmly classical with a bit of the changing winds of Beethoven. Mayr shows us he is unworthy of the years of neglect that has been his lot.
These are well-played and charming. If you seek something ear opening and fun from the period, this fits the bill nicely.