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Respighi – Roman Trilogy

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1720
Release date2010-09-26
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

Classics Today 10/10: "Among the great versions of this music on disc"; Music Web International: Recording of the Month: "Bravo".



Ottorino Respighi's Roman Trilogy (the tone poems Pines of Rome, Fountains of Rome and Roman Festivals) holds a very special place in the orchestral repertory, challenging almost any other composition for sheer sonic audience appeal. Spectacular scenes such as Fontana di Trevi in the glitter of the mid-day sun, children playing under the pine-trees of the Villa Borghese or gladiators fighting at Circus Maximus provided the masterly orchestrator with the opportunity to employ the full palette of the large-scale symphony orchestra, to which he added various instruments, including organ, piano, celesta, glockenspiel, mandolin and tambourines. In fact, in the third part of the Pines of Rome Respighi went even further and specified, for the first time ever in classical music, the use of a gramophone, playing a recording of a nightingale singing. As a result, these works glitter, shimmer, blare and thunder: a true feast for the ear which here has found worthy exponents in the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) and John Neschling. Previous releases by this team include recordings of music by Villa-Lobos and his Brazilian colleagues Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone and Claudio Santoro, and individual discs have been described by reviewers as 'the most vibrant, colorful, rhythmically vital and virtuosic performances imaginable' (on website Classics Today.com), 'an orgy of colours and rhythms' (in Diapason), and 'an assured blend of lush colours, pulsating rhythms and supple phrasing' (in International Record Review.) Such qualities certainly work in the Old World, too - and nowhere better than in Ottorino Respighi's Rome!
 
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  Composer: Respighi, Ottorino
  Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome) 16:36
01 1. La fontana di Valle Giulia all’alba 04:53 $ 1.03 USD
02 2. La fontana del Tritone al mattino 02:41 $ 0.56 USD
03 3. La fontana di Trevi al meriggio 03:47 $ 0.79 USD
04 4. La fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto 05:15 $ 1.10 USD
 
 
  Composer: Respighi, Ottorino
  Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome) 21:42
05 1. I pini di Villa Borghese 02:40 $ 0.56 USD
06 2. Pini presso una catacomba 06:55 $ 1.45 USD
07 3. I pini del Gianicolo 07:40 $ 1.61 USD
08 4. I pini della via Appia 04:27 $ 0.93 USD
 
 
  Composer: Respighi, Ottorino
  Feste Romane (Roman Festivals) 24:23
09 1. Circenses 04:46 $ 1.00 USD
10 2. Il Giubileo 06:21 $ 1.33 USD
11 3. L’Ottobrata 08:01 $ 1.68 USD
12 4. La Befana 05:15 $ 1.10 USD
 
  Album total 62:41
OrchestraSão Paulo Symphony Orchestra
ConductorNeschling, John
ComposerRespighi, Ottorino

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