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Franz Hauk | © Anna Götz

Franz Hauk is the world’s leading exponent of Simon Mayr's music, and his numerous new editions and excellent recordings of Mayr's operas, oratorios and instrumental works are internationally recognised. His Naxos discography of the German composer's music is extensive and this month's release of the opera I Cherusci, performed on period instruments to recapture its 1808 authenticity, continues to add to Hauk's authoritative command of Mayr's output.

World Premiere Recording
MAYR, J.S.: Cherusci (I) [Opera]
Johann Simon MAYR (1763–1845)
I Cherusci
Libretto by Gaetano Rossi

Yvonne Prentki, Andrea Lauren Brown and Katharina Konradi, Sopranos
Markus Schäfer and Uwe Gottswinter, Tenors
Andreas Mattersberger, Bass
Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus • Simon Mayr Chorus
Concerto de Bassus • Franz Hauk

Composed when Napoleon’s armies were striding across Europe, Simon Mayr’s highly charged opera I Cherusci is set in ancient Germania in the time of Christ’s birth, its narrative focusing on the perils of the captured slave girl Tusnelda who has been chosen for a sacrificial ritual. The universal themes of freedom and patriotism in this pioneering tale of familial bonds, romance, jealousy and desperate misadventure would later attract the likes of Beethoven and Verdi. This world premiere recording of I Cherusci uses period instruments, presenting it as it would have been heard in 1808.

Listen to an extract from Act II Scene 10:
Aria: Ah qual gioja
About the Artists
Franz Hauk | © Anna Götz
Franz Hauk studied church and school music, with piano and organ, at the Munich Musikhochschule and in Salzburg. In 1988 he took his doctorate with a thesis on church music in Munich at the beginning of the 19th century. Since 1982 he has served as organist at Ingolstadt Minster and, from 1995, also as choirmaster. He has given concerts in Europe and the United States and has taught in the historical performance and church music department of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich since 2002.
Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera
The Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera has a long and distinguished history, sharing with the Bavarian State Orchestra and Bavarian State Ballet a repertoire of some 350 opera and ballet performances annually at the National Theatre, the Prince Regent Theatre and the Cuvilliés Theatre, Munich.
Simon Mayr Chorus | © Lorenz Zieglmeier
The Simon Mayr Chorus was founded by Franz Hauk in 2003. Its repertoire includes works from the 16th to the 20th century. Special emphasis is laid on the promotion of music by Simon Mayr at the highest cultural level. The choir comprises vocal students from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich, and singers selected from Ingolstadt and the region.
Concerto de Bassus
Concerto de Bassus is an international ensemble that engages young musicians in historically authentic performances of music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Many members of the ensemble are outstanding students or graduates of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, with wind instruments constructed on historical principles.
More recordings by Franz Hauk of works by Simon Mayr
Concerto bergamasco
Keyboard Concerto in C Major
Trio Concertante

Schwaabe • Steinberg • Spiller • Li
van Dijk • Bavarian Classical Players
‘Music of lilt and loveliness,
winningly played; a joyful discovery.’
MusicWeb International

Thornhill • Ruckgaber • Holzhauser
Schäfer • Sellier • Berner
Mittelhammer • Thoma • Mischok
Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble
‘The performance has style and panache, and the recording
is first-rate.’
Messa di Gloria and
Credo in D Major

Thornhill • Pollak • Papenmeyer
Adler • Berner • Simon Mayr Chorus
Members of the Bavarian State
Opera Chorus • Concerto de Bassus
‘Religious music that is engagingly human and colorful, it deserves to be taken seriously.’

Brown • Schäfer • Yun • Papenmeyer
Ruckgaber • Preis • Members of the BavarianState Opera Chorus
Simon Mayr Chorus
Concerto de Bassus • Hauk
‘Franz Hauk ... conducts with authority and panache. The singers are uniformly impressive, with the principals entering into the drama of the opera rather than just
singing beautifully.’
MusicWeb international
Miserere • Litaniae Lauretanae

Brown • Yun • Holzhauser • Schäfer
Sellier • Hamann • Mischok
Members of the Bavarian State
Opera Chorus • Simon Mayr Chorus
Concerto de Bassus
I Virtuosi Italiani • Hauk
‘The instrumentalists and chorus are first-rate, and the sound ... is resonant and favorable to the large ensemble of choir, soloists, and orchestra.’
Samuele (Oratorio)

Brown • Bernhard • Trost • Hamann
Simon Mayr Choir
Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra • Hauk
‘This disc is a winner ...
Enthusiastically recommended.’
For the complete list of Franz Hauk's recordings of works by Johann Simon Mayr,
please follow this link.

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