Respighi: Concerto in Modo Misolido

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Respighi: Concerto in Modo Misolido



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31st Aug 2010




53 minutes


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Respighi: Concerto in Modo Misolido


Fountains of Rome

Concerto in modo misolidio

Olli Mustonen (piano)



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This new recording features star conductor Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with two Italian masterpieces by the late-Romantic composer Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936).

The symphonic poem Fontane di Roma remains one of Respighi’s most popular works and forms part of his Roman Trilogy. Each movement depicts one of Rome’s fountains during different periods of the day and night, while the work as a whole showcases the centuries-old Italian marriage of culture, art, and worldly pleasure.

The discovery piece on this disc, the monumental Concerto ‘in the Mixolydian mode’, deserves more widespread introduction into the standard repertoire; its title refers to the work’s majestic main theme that is derived from medieval plainchant.

This work’s champion, star pianist Olli Mustonen, has been hailed by The Sunday Times as, “a living dream of pianism, having broken through an expressive barrier that other players do not know exists.”

Ottorino Respighi: Concerto in modo misolidio, P. 145

I. Moderato

II. Lento - Andante con moto

III. Passacaglia: Allegro energico

Ottorino Respighi: Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), P. 106

I. La fontana di Valle all'alba

II. La fontana del Tritone al mattino

II. La fontana di Trevi al meriggio

IV. La fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto

Classic FM Magazine

January 2011


“Fountains of Rome is wholly engrossing: this is a fine performance very well-captured.”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2010

“Oramo and his Finnish players to give us a highly atmospheric reading of exemplary clarity and, in the "Trevi", powerful dramatic effect.”

International Record Review

December 2010

“Mustonen has a genuine feel for the [Concerto's] most poetic moments and the way they fit into the greater scheme of things...Sakari Oramo would seem to be in total agreement with him, leading the magnificent Finnish Radio SO in a truly outstanding performance”

The Telegraph

2nd September 2010


“Respighi’s grandiloquent Concerto in the Mixolydian Mode of 1925 is a magnificent testament to piano opulence, fully expounded here by Olli Mustonen...Oramo and his Finnish forces provide the finesse and atmosphere”

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