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respighi, ottorino  -  Complete orchestral works vol.1 / antonio palcich, orchestra sinfonica di roma, francesco la vecchia

 
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  • Label : Brilliant 94392
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  • Year : 2012
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Respighi: Complete Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 / La Vecchia, Rome Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 03/27/2012
Label: Brilliant Classics Catalog #: 94392 Spars Code: DDD
Composer: Ottorino Respighi
Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rome Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2
Recorded in: Stereo


Works on This Recording

1. Feste romane by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928; Rome, Italy
2. Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1916; Rome, Italy
3. Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy
4. Gli uccelli "The Birds" by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927; Rome, Italy
5. Suite for strings, P. 41 by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1902
6. Suite for Strings and Organ in G major by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor: Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1902-1905; Rome, Italy


Notes and Editorial Reviews
Born in 1879, Ottorino Respighi's musical education was comprehensive, his technical abilities accomplished, and his understanding of music assured, even as a young man. After studying performance, composition and musicology in Bologna, composition in Berlin and orchestration in St Petersburg with Rimsky-Korsakov, he became professor of composition at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome in 1913.Although his extensive education had equipped him with all the necessary technical skills and musical knowledge to excel, he had, to this point, failed to translate his considerable abilities into the composition of truly brilliant music. However, his arrival in Rome, and the city's beauty, history, architecture and people, stimulated his creativity like never before, and allowed him to craft works of great passion and colour.

Respighi's first great triumph as a composer – and the work that he remains most well known for to this day – is his ‘Roman trilogy', which comprises the symphonic poems Feste Romane, Fontane di Roma and Pini di Roma, featured on the first disc of this set. With each individual work dedicated to one particular aspect of Rome – from its fountains to its festivals – this trilogy is an atmospheric, evocative musical journey through Rome, and demonstrates Respighi's skill as an orchestral composer.

The works collected on the second disc also highlight Respighi's masterful control of timbre and orchestral colour. While Gli Uccelli blends Baroque forms with late-Romantic musical language in an evocation of birdsong, the neo-Classical Suite for Strings and song-inspired Suite in G minor for strings and organ display the composer's intricate knowledge of music history.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Recording made in Rome in 2009.
• The first volume in a series of Respighi's complete orchestral music.
• Comprehensive booklet notes in English and Italian.

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AllMusic Review by James Manheim [-]
This album is the first in a series covering all of Ottorino Respighi's orchestral works, but it includes several of the really famous ones and could easily make a stand-alone purchase. An interesting feature of Respighi's output viewed as a whole is that several stylistic strands coexisted in his music over the years. Respighi was interested in neo-classicism, was actually ahead of the curve for it, but the big tone poems depicting Roman scenes show little trace of that interest. Gli uccelli (The Birds), on the other hand, dating from 1927 (after all the Roman tone poems), is a pure neo-classic, actually neo-Baroque work, with each movement taking off from a Baroque work and adorning it in a way that suggests what would happen if Busoni had decided to become an orchestral composer. The interest in the program here is that Gli uccelli is joined on disc two by two early works, the Suite for strings and Suite in G major for strings and organ, that show the origins of this style in Respighi's output. The tone poems themselves are presented out of chronological order, but the brash and garish Feste Romane (Roman Festivals), with outer movements that bring to mind the films of Federico Fellini, certainly makes a compelling opener. The Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma under Francesco La Vecchia certainly plays very well here, with the brasses fully on top of the numerous passages in which they are mercilessly exposed. La Vecchia's readings are straightforward, and some of the warhorse recordings of the past may have finer touches in them. But at a budget price this is a basic Respighi collection that makes sense for newcomer buyers.

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