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Most of this exuberant and elaborate concertata Mass setting was written in 1843, two years before Mayr’s death. It has been reconstructed and arranged by Franz Hauk and Manfred Hößl for this world premiere recording. Although in some respects the style harks back to Haydn and Mozart, the work is essentially a virtuosic and inventive showcase for both instrumental and vocal soloists: it features one of the least penitential Kyries you will ever hear, a Gloria that is reminiscent of a circus parade, and multiple key changes and repeats as each movement appears to be drawing to a close. Listening to such an effervescent work in Holy Week was a slightly bizarre experience, but it is great fun and the performers clearly relished recording it.

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