Donizetti: Vesper Psalms (CD)

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Simon Mayr Chorus, Concerto de Bassus, Franz Hauk

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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Gaetano Donizetti

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