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David J. Baker
Opera News, May 2013

Franz Hauk has an especially congenial, forceful grasp of this music as leader of the capable Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble (despite a few glitches in the challenging horn writing). American soprano Andrea Lauren Brown is brilliant and expressive in the fiery role of Sebia, which is enhanced in the oratorio with arias originally intended for other roles in I Misteri. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, March 2013

The music is delightful, often touching, and artfully crafted for the voice. It’s no wonder that Mayr was so celebrated for his operas. The four soloists are all very convincing in their roles and well matched vocally. Add to that enlivened playing from Hauk’s instrumental forces, and you have a winning performance. If you can pretend while listening to Mayr’s Gioas that it’s not just an opera masquerading as a sacred oratorio, you will find much in the work and in this recording of it to enjoy. © Fanfare Read complete review



Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide, January 2013

Gioas was worth the wait. Indeed, of the four entries I’ve sampled in the Mayr canon, this is the one to have. It is a snappy, joyful, well-sung performance of music that takes us back to the bel canto style in its embryonic stage, and to one of the composers who brought the genre to life.

All in all, I admire these bright, agile voices partnered by Maestro Hauk’s effervescent winds. Andrea Lauren Brown is delightful as Sebia… © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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