Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances

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Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances

Catalogue No:

8802048

Discs:

2

Release date:

28th Feb 2011

Barcode:

8718247710485

Medium:

CD
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Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances


Respighi:

Ancient Airs and Dances, Suites Nos. 1, 2 & 3

Impressioni brasiliane

Fountains of Rome

Pines of Rome


CD - 2 discs

$18.00

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Here’s both an unusually useful collection as well as one graced with the highest artistic standards. Both the outsize, Straussian grandeur of Respighi (exemplified by The Pines of Rome) as well as his neo-Classicising delicacy (in the Ancient Airs and Dances) are well-represented on record, but such are their contrasting qualities, few conductors are equipped to acquit themselves successfully in both contexts, and there are commensurately few recorded collections available which offer so complete a summation of Respighi’s diverse but always delightful art.

The Hungarian conductor Antal Doráti was, however, one such. Best known for his championing of Haydn, he and the Philharmonia Hungarica (his hand-picked chamber orchestra for the pioneering cycles of symphonies and operas), are ideally equipped to bring the necessary wit and charm to Respighi’s transformations of early-Barock and Renaissance melodies, which he clothes in more modern orchestral apparel while never over-burdening them with anachronistic velvet or silk.

The tone poems, however, rejoice in the punch of a great orchestra, particularly its brass section. The Minneapolis SO may not have the renown of its London counterpart, but, trained up by Dmitri Mitropoulos, it was one of the most virtuosic and thrilling-sounding US orchestras when Doráti took over from Mitropoulos as principal conductor in 1949. He was there for 11 years and made many recordings, which, not least thanks to the brilliance of their recorded sound, have justly survived the vicissitudes of the recorded classical catalogue.

This is a most valuable reissue for fans of Respighi and of spectacular orchestral playing.

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #1, P 109 - 1. Balletto Detto "Ll Conte Orlando"

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #1, P 109 - 2. Gagliarda

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #1, P 109 - 3. Villanella

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #1, P 109 - 4. Passo Mezzo E Mascherada

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #2, P 138 - 1. Laura Soave, Balletto Con Gagliarda, Saltarello E Canario

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #2, P 138 - 2. Danza Rustica

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #2, P 138 - 3. Campanae Parisienses, Aria

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #2, P 138 - 4. Bergamasca

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #3, P 172 - 1. Italiana

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #3, P 172 - 2. Arie Di Corte: Andante Cantabile

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #3, P 172 - 2. Arie Di Corte: Allegretto

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #3, P 172 - 2. Arie Di Corte: Vivace

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #3, P 172 - 2. Arie Di Corte: Lento Con Grande Espressione

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #3, P 172 - 2. Arie Di Corte: Allegro Vivace

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #3, P 172 - 2. Arie Di Corte: Vivacissimo

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #3, P 172 - 2. Arie Di Corte: Andante Cantabile

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #3, P 172 - 3. Siciliana

Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite #3, P 172 - 4. Passacaglia

Respighi: The Birds - Prelude

Respighi: The Birds - The Dove

Respighi: The Birds - The Hen

Respighi: The Birds - The Nightingale

Respighi: The Birds - The Cuckoo

Respighi: Brazillian Impressions - Tropical Night

Respighi: Brazillian Impressions - Butantan

Respighi: Brazillian Impressions - Song & Dance

Respighi: The Fountains Of Rome - The Fountans Of Valle Giulia

Respighi: The Fountains Of Rome - The Triton Fountain

Respighi: The Fountains Of Rome - The Fountain Of The Trevi At Mid-Day

Respighi: The Fountains Of Rome - The Villa Medici Fountain

Respighi: The Pines Of Rome - The Pines Of The Villa Borghese

Respighi: The Pines Of Rome - The Pines Near A Catacomb

Respighi: The Pines Of Rome - The Pines Of The Janiculum

Respighi: The Pines Of Rome - The Pines Of The Appian Way

Gramophone Magazine

April 1960

“Respighi’s generous but sensitive application of modern colour, both harmonic and orchestral, benefits enormously from the sonorous and widespread front put up by this recording, which features the many excellent players of the Philharmonia Hungarica. This orchestra is largely composed of Hungarian refugee musicians domiciled at the time of the recording in Vienna, and it is most appropriate that they should be conducted by Doráti.”

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