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Respighi - The Birds & Ancient Dances and Airs

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2540 SACD
Release date2023-03-03
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time75:30

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With the present album, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and John Neschling bring us the sixth and last instalment in a series that has been called ‘the finest-ever survey of the composer’s orchestral output undertaken by a single conductor’ (BBC Music Magazine).
The immense popularity of the Roman Trilogy has had the effect of obscuring many parts of Respighi’s oeuvre, including arrangements of pieces from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. These arrangements, a genuine declaration of love for this music, were less an attempt at musicological reconstruction than ‘free transcriptions for orchestra’ as the composer described them.

The four suites on this album, Gli Uccelli (The Birds) and the three entitled Ancient Dances and Airs, bear witness to this art. Gli Uccelli consists of five pieces originally written for harpsichord or lute which, as the title suggests, evoke birds set in colourful soundscapes. The Ancient Dances and Airs are suites each made of four pieces for lute or guitar from the Italian and French repertoire of the late 16th and early 17th centuries adorned with new orchestral colours. The success of these suites owes much to their orchestration: subtle and sober with timbres of rare sophistication. A refined treat from the Italian master of orchestration.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Respighi, Ottorino
  Gli uccelli (The Birds), P 154 20:31
01 1. Preludio 02:54 $ 0.35 USD
02 2. La colomba 05:22 $ 0.64 USD
03 3. La gallina 03:07 $ 0.37 USD
04 4. L'usignuolo 04:13 $ 0.51 USD
05 5. Il cucù 04:55 $ 0.59 USD
  Antiche danze ed arie Suite No.1, P 109 15:50
06 Balletto: Il Conte Orlando 02:56 $ 0.35 USD
07 Gagliarda 03:47 $ 0.45 USD
08 Villanella 05:03 $ 0.61 USD
09 Passo mezzo e Mascherada 04:04 $ 0.49 USD
  Antiche danze ed arie Suite No.2, P 138 18:21
10 Laura soave 03:52 $ 0.46 USD
11 Danza rustica 03:59 $ 0.48 USD
12 Campanae parisienses and Aria 05:41 $ 0.68 USD
13 Bergamasca 04:49 $ 0.58 USD
  Antiche danze ed arie Suite No.3, P 172 20:41
14 Italiana 03:48 $ 0.46 USD
15 Arie di corte 08:45 $ 1.05 USD
16 Siciliana 03:47 $ 0.45 USD
17 Passacaglia 04:21 $ 0.52 USD
  Album total 75:30
ComposerRespighi, Ottorino
OrchestraOrchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
ConductorNeschling, John

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