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Respighi – Metamorphoseon

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2130 SACD
Release date2015-06-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time72:15

Alongside Puccini, Ottorino Respighi is the best-known Italian composer from the first half of the twentieth century, but his reputation rests almost exclusively on his ‘Roman Trilogy’: The Fountains of Rome, The Pines of Rome and Roman Festivals. The great popularity of these tone poems has overshadowed the greater part of his production, including the three orchestral works gathered here. Ballata delle gnomidi (The Ballad of the Gnomes) was composed in 1920 – chronologically between The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome – and was inspired by a poem depicting satanic rituals, sexual abandonment and blood sacrifice. Respighi matches this with music comparable to certain pages from Richard Strauss’s opera Salome in terms of the opulence of its orchestration and its exotic – and erotic – atmosphere. The Ballata is here framed by two later and longer works. Respighi composed Metamorphoseon in 1930, for the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and it is in fact something of a concerto for orchestra. The 30-minute long work consists of a theme and twelve variations or 'modes', an allusion to the different ways in which the music can be transformed by allowing various instruments or sections to shine. The disc closes with the suite from Belkis, Regina di Saba, a full-length ballet depicting the encounter between the Queen of Sheba and Solomon. The original score involved a massive orchestra including zithers, wind machine, choir, soloists and narrator as well as an off-stage brass ensemble, but Respighi omitted the vocal parts and the exotic instruments when he prepared a suite for concert use. John Neschling has previously recorded two acclaimed discs of Respighi’s music for BIS. The latest instalment also featured l’Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, in a performance of Impressioni brasiliane which the reviewer on German web site Klassik Heute described as ‘a true showpiece of kaleidoscopic and brilliant colours and subtle humour.’
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Respighi, Ottorino
  Metamorphoseon (1930) Modi XII – Tema e Variazioni 29:12
01 [Tema] Andante moderato 02:18 $ 0.55 USD
02 Modus I. Moderato non troppo 02:11 $ 0.52 USD
03 Modus II. Allegretto 01:41 $ 0.40 USD
04 Modus III. Lento 02:25 $ 0.58 USD
05 Modus IV. Lento espressivo 03:12 $ 0.77 USD
06 Modus V. Allegro vivace 00:40 $ 0.16 USD
07 Modus VI. Vivo 00:53 $ 0.21 USD
08 Modus VII. Cadenze 07:20 $ 1.76 USD
09 Modus VIII. Andantino mosso 01:23 $ 0.33 USD
10 Modus IX. Lento non troppo 03:02 $ 0.73 USD
11 Modus X. Molto allegro 00:42 $ 0.17 USD
12 Modus XI. Molto allegro 00:54 $ 0.22 USD
13 Modus XII. Vivo non troppo 02:31 $ 0.60 USD
14 Ballata delle gnomidi (1920) 16:37 $ 3.99 USD
  Belkis, Regina di Saba (1934) Suite for orchestra 25:09
15 I. Il sogno di Salomone. Lento non troppo 08:34 $ 2.06 USD
16 II. La danza di Belkis all’aurora. Moderato 07:50 $ 1.88 USD
17 III. Danza guerresca. Pesante 02:49 $ 0.68 USD
18 IV. Danza orgiastica. Allegro vivo 05:56 $ 1.42 USD
  Album total 72:15
ComposerRespighi, Ottorino
ConductorNeschling, John
OrchestraOrchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège

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