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Gaetano Donizetti & Johann Simon Mayr: Messa di Gloria and Credo in D
By Concerto de Bassus, Franz Hauk, Marie Sophie Pollak, Marie-Sande Papenmeyer, Mark Adler, Martin Berner, Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Chorus, and Siri Thornhill. By Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.8573605).
Item Number: NX.8573605
While the German tradition observes a strict distinction between sacred and secular styles, the 19th-century Italian Mass can feel more akin to attending an operatic performance. Donizetti's church music, consisting of at least a hundred items, has hardly been explored. Individual movements were often later recycled by the composer, in cantata-like fashion to form a complete Mass and it is this ad hoc technique that Franz Hauk has used to create a new work, the Messa di Gloria and Credo in D. This includes an expansive Qui sedes with its violin solo written for the famous violinist-composer Pietro Rovelli, and is completed with movements by Johann simon Mayr from whom Donizetti learned his compositional craft in settings of sacred texts.