JOSEPH MAYSEDER (1789-1863): Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 26, Mass in E Flat, Op. 64 (World Premiere Recordings).
Catalogue Number: 04V033
Description: Mayseder renounces vocal solos solos in favor of the choir in his mass whose premiere 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'. The elegiac theme of the first violins in the two-and-a-half- minute introduction to the 30-minute concerto reveals nothing of the virtuoso use of the solo violin in the following passages. The technical difficulties are different from those of Paganini; Mayseder, for instance, does not use double stop flageolets or pizzicatos with the left hand, and the melody is foregrounded. The somber unisono introduction to the second movement surely ranks among the most depressive measures that Mayseder ever composed and is supplanted by the consoling cantilena of the solo violin. In the third movement, a rondo with a theme in dotted rhythm, as was so often the case with this composer, the ever-positive, life-affirming element is not forgotten despite the predominant minor key drama. Dedicated to Pierre Rode, the concerto was written in 1809. Thomas Christian (violin), Vienna Boys’ Choir, Men’s Choir of the Vienna State Opera, Members of the Ensembles of the Vienna State Opera.