The lavish praise heaped upon Maria Weiss' debut album is more than justified. "favola in musica. early new music" is the name of the project, which initially arose from the passionate inner world of mezzosoprano Maria Weiss. She was inspired by her grandfather, a very perceptive and keen man who told her stories, some of them about the many fascinating places in Austria, to create an enchanting album with a wonderful selection of works by great Baroque artists. (…) The recording was made by the excellent sound technician and Carpe Diem Records label producer Jonas Niederstadt in the Saint Mary Magdalene's Church on the Carinthian Magdalensberg, a sacred place probably Celtic in origin, in the South of Austria. Listening to such distinguished musicians as Maria Weiss, Rosario Conte and Gyöngy Erödi (…) is pure luxury. Their rich expressive quality is convincing but also a lot more. We are talking here about musicians with a high degree of understanding and coordination, who participate in a fruitful dialogue and bring about a flawless acoustic equilibrium.
It has been a while since I found myself holding a CD with such a wonderfully crafted hardcover booklet, which runs to a full 216 pages (!) and is bursting with informative texts and fascinating images that bring a unique visual element to the music. The singer Maria Weiss and her ensemble milleseicentosette (Rosario Conte, theorbo and Gyöngy Erödi, cello) are behind "favola in musica. early new music". A successful Startnext campaign has secured the necessary finances and enabled this publication. Fortunately, not only the wrapping is right, the content is also impressive. (…) The three musicians achieve the combination and interpretation of early and new music with excellent results. Rosario Conte, theorbo (i.e. Niccolò Paganini – La Lanterna Magica ; Une larme ) and Gyöngy Erödi, cello, excel with their finely spun melody. But, above all, the mezzosoprano voice of Maria Weiss floats brightly and nimbly. It almost seems as if the pieces were composed for her. The amazing clarity of the music is surely also down to Jonas Niederstadt, sound engineer and label boss of Carpe Diem Records, who recorded the pieces in the Saint Magdalene's Church in Carinthia. (…) "favola in musica. early new music" is the convincing debut album of Maria Weiss. Great musicians, a good selection of works, brilliant recordings and a booklet like no other. Highly recommendable!
Favola in musica asks you to make time for dreams. The late-Gothic church on the Magdalensberg served as the recording location for the musical works, smoothly bringing together opposites such as early and new music. Maria Weiss journeys effortlessly through the centuries with a flawlessly precise and expressive mezzosoprano voice. The music covers a wide range of works, including nine from early Baroque to Renaissance and three unknown pieces (found in the Austrian National Library), concluding with two new experimental creations by Wolfgang Mitterer, a native from Lienz, who has captured the spirit of the early masters. With these two first world recordings, the Ars Electronica winner created sound textures that could not be more opposed. The well-known lutenist Rosario Conte has also left his mark with a stylistically confident performance. The Hungarian cellist Gyöngy Erödi enchants with sublime and meditative sound movements. An elaborate and magnificent 215-paged booklet contains introductory texts, biographies, translations into German and English and visual impressions of mystical locations. Maria Weiss has conquered the European stages. With this magical musicscape she will also inspire and bring pleasure to your daily life!"