Gaetano Donizetti is renowned as a leading composer of the Italian romantic bel canto opera style during the first half of the 19th century. But in his earlier years and as a student of Simon Mayr his dramatic genius came to the fore in his settings of psalm texts for Vespers, a form then still popular in Italy both in secular and liturgical contexts. Donizetti’s Vesper Psalms are characterized by beautifully shaped operatic melodies and colorful orchestration on a grand scale, creating moments of real rhetorical force- outstanding features of works that have lain undiscovered in manuscript form for two centuries.
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1. Domine ad adjuvandum in C Major (1819) 2. Dixit Dominus in C Major 3. Tecum principium in F Major (1819) 4. Dominus a dextris in D Minor 5. De torrente in F Major 6. Gloria Patri e Sicut erat 7. Beatus vir in F Major 8. Laudate pueri in C Major 9. In convertendo in C Major 10. Nisi Dominus in D Major 11. Iste confessor in D Major 12. Magnificat in D Major 13. Salve Regina in F Major