The start of a new, exciting series on Brilliant Classics: the Complete Orchestral Works by Ottorino Respighi.
The first instalment contains Respighi’s most popular works: the spectacular Roman Trilogy (Pini di Roma, Feste di Roma, Fontane di Roma), depicting in colourful and brilliantly orchestrated tableaux the characteristics of Rome: its mystical pines, its dazzling and spiritual fountains and its exuberant (and noisy) celebrations.
Also included is the wonderfully evocative suite “The Birds”, and two suites for strings. The Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, conducted by maestro Francesco di Vecchia have Roman blood in their veins, and like few others evoke the atmosphere of this wonderful, typically Italian, music.
The orchestra won high critical acclaim with their superb recordings of Casella and Martucci.
“Respighi's sizeable orchestral output has only latterly come into its own on disc and this release from Brilliant is announced as the first volume of a complete traversal. It gives a pertinent overview, moreover, of the twin aspects that inform the composer's thinking throughout his maturity: namely Italy's scenic and musical past...La Vecchia secures eloquently wrought readings” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012