Respighi Complete Orchestral Music

Respighi Complete Orchestral Music
Composer Ottorino Respighi
Artist Francesco La Vecchia conductor
Orchestra Sinfonica de Roma
Format 8 CD
Cat. number 94900
EAN code 5028421949000
Release May 2015

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Respighi is best remembered for his scenic views of Rome, namely the wonderfully descriptive triptych Feste romane, Fontane di Roma and Pini di Roma; look beyond these works, however, and you’ll find a sizeable, rich and varied orchestral output – unsurprising for a composer who is today regarded as one of the supreme masters of orchestration.

Anyone interested in a Respighi orchestral intégrale, therefore, should seriously consider this comprehensive set – a bringing-together of four previously released volumes in which Francesco La Vecchia and his Roman orchestra unite the famous with a generous helping of not-so-famous works. Of Volume 4 (CDs 5 and 6), Gramophone commented on how "La Vecchia directs proceedings with obvious affection, and the playing has engaging spirit and no mean grace", and this certainly applies to the rest of the set, which includes a number concertante offerings played by several assured performers – cellist Andrea Noferini, for example, creates an "impassioned, songful" rendition of Adagio con variazioni, and pianist Désirée Scuccuglia gives ‘a red-blooded and formidably secure account’ (Gramophone) of Concerto in modo misolidio.

Italy’s musical past is of course in evidence throughout the box, for the composer spent much of his career arranging Baroque music and experimenting with neo-Classical techniques; there’s a deft account of The Birds (Gli uccelli), Respighi’s most exciting example of ‘early music’ (here Baroque harpsichord pieces), with Concerto a cinque taking the form of an updated Corellian concerto grosso. Covering the period 1902–33, the works cover the majority of Respighi’s working career and serve to highlight his unique and colourful sound world, simultaneously tracing his development of style. Priced at a super-budget 17,60 Euros, this is a highly desirable box set.

The only edition of the complete orchestral music by Respighi, now available in a 8CD set!
Respighi is one of the foremost Italian composers of the first half of the 20th century. His fame rests on his Roman Trilogy, the scenic depiction of the Italian capital, its festivals, its pines and its fountains. His other works however are equally remarkable, and show an symphonist pur sang, with a rich and innovative orchestration and feeling for colour and atmosphere, inspired by the long musical heritage of his country (influences of Gregorian Chant, renaissance songs and dances, Rossini’s musical pranks).
Excellent performances by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, conducted by Francesco la Vecchia, who did inestimable work recording neglected Italian symphonists like Dallapiccola, Malipiero and Ghedini.
“conducted with obvious affection, the playing has engaging spirit and grace” (Gramophone).
A real bargain at budget price!

Other information:
• Booklet contains comprehensive notes in the music.
• Recording made between 2009 and 2012.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Feste Romane, P. 157: I. Circenses
  2. Feste Romane, P. 157: II. Il giubileo
  3. Feste Romane, P. 157: III. L’Ottobrata
  4. Feste Romane, P. 157: IV. La befana
  5. Fontane di Roma, P. 106: I. La fontana di valle Giulia all’alba
  6. Fontane di Roma, P. 106: II. La fontana del tritone al mattino
  7. Fontane di Roma, P. 106: III. La fontana di Trevi al meriggio
  8. Fontane di Roma, P. 106: IV. La fontana di vita Medici al tramonto
  9. Pini di Roma: I. I pini di Villa Borghese
  10. Pini di Roma: II. Pini presso una catacomb
  11. Pini di Roma: III. I pini del Gianicolo
  12. Pini di Roma: IV. I pini della Via Appia

Disk 2

  1. Gli Uccelli, P. 154: I. Preludio (after Bernardo Pasquini)
  2. Gli Uccelli, P. 154: II. La colomba (after Jacques de Gallot)
  3. Gli Uccelli, P. 154: III. La gallina (after Jean-Philippe Rameau)
  4. Gli Uccelli, P. 154: IV. L’usignuolo (after 16th-century anon., transcribed by Jacob van Eyck)
  5. Gli Uccelli, P. 154: V. Il cuccù (after Bernardo Pasquini)
  6. Suite for Strings, P. 041: I. Ciaccona
  7. Suite for Strings, P. 041: II. Siciliana
  8. Suite for Strings, P. 041: III. Giga
  9. Suite for Strings, P. 041: IV. Sarabanda
  10. Suite for Strings, P. 041: V. Burlesca
  11. Suite for Strings, P. 041: VI. Rigaudon
  12. Suite in sol maggiore, P. 058: I. Preludio
  13. Suite in sol maggiore, P. 058: II. Aria
  14. Suite in sol maggiore, P. 058: III. Pastorale
  15. Suite in sol maggiore, P. 058: IV. Cantico

Disk 3

  1. Impressioni brasiliane, P. 153: I. Notte tropicale
  2. Impressioni brasiliane, P. 153: II. Butantan
  3. Impressioni brasiliane, P. 153: III. Canzone e danza
  4. Trittico botticelliano: I. La primavera
  5. Trittico botticelliano: II. L’adorazione dei magi
  6. Trittico botticelliano: III. La nascita di Venere
  7. Vetrate di Chiesa, P. 150: I. La fuga in Egitto
  8. Vetrate di Chiesa, P. 150: II. San Michele Arcangelo
  9. Vetrate di Chiesa, P. 150: III. Il mattutino di Santa Chiara
  10. Vetrate di Chiesa, P. 150: IV. San Gregorio Magno

Disk 4

  1. Concerto a cinque: I. Moderato – Allegro – Grave
  2. Concerto a cinque: II. Adagio
  3. Concerto a cinque: III. Allegro vivo – Allegro moderato – Largo
  4. Poema autunnale, P. 146: Calmo – Molto lento – Largamente – Allegro moderato – Allegro con spirito – Moderato – Tranquillo – Lento – Calmo come al principio
  5. Concerto all’antica, P. 075: I. Allegro
  6. Concerto all’antica, P. 075: II. Adagio non troppo
  7. Concerto all’antica, P. 075: III. Vivace

Disk 5

  1. Concerto gregoriano: I. Andante tranquillo – Allegro molto moderato – Calmo, tempo I
  2. Concerto gregoriano: II. Andante espressivo e sostenuto
  3. Concerto gregoriano: III. Finale (Alleluja). Allegro energico
  4. Toccata: Grave, Allegro moderato – Andante lento ed espressivo – Allegro vivo
  5. Adagio con variazioni

Disk 6

  1. Sinfonia drammatica, P. 102: I. Allegro energico
  2. Sinfonia drammatica, P. 102: II. Andante sostenuto
  3. Sinfonia drammatica, P. 102: III. Allegro impetuoso
  4. Fantasia slava in G Minor, P. 50: Andante – Presto – Tempo I – Lento – Allegro

Disk 7

  1. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 1: I. Balletto detto ‘Il conte Orlando’ [Simone Molinaro]. Allegretto moderato
  2. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 1: II. Gagliarda [Vincenzo Galilei]. Allegro moderato – Andantino mosso
  3. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 1: III. Villanella [anon., end of 16th century]. Andante cantabile
  4. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 1: IV. Passo mezzo e mascherada (anon., end of 16th century): Allegro vivo – Vivacissimo – Allegretto – Vivace – Allegretto – Vivo – Vivacissimo – Tempo I
  5. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 2, P. 138: I. Laura soave (Balletto con gagliarda, saltarello e canario) [Fabrizio Caroso, c.1531]. Andantino – Allegro marcato – Lo stesso tempo – Andantino
  6. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 2, P. 138: II. Danza rustica [Jean-Baptiste Besard, c.1617]. Allegretto
  7. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 2, P. 138: III. Campanae parisienses [anon. 17th-century melody]. Andante mosso – Aria [Mersenne Marin]. Largo espressivo
  8. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 2, P. 138: IV. Bergamasca [Bernardo Gianoncelli, known as Il Bernardello]. Allegro
  9. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 3: I. Italiana [anon., late 16th century]. Andantino
  10. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 3: II. Arie di corte [Jean-Baptiste Besard, 16th century]. Andante cantabile – Allegretto – Vivace – Lento con grande espressione – Allegro vivace – Vivacissimo – Andante cantabile
  11. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 3: III. Siciliana [anon., late 16th century]. Andantino
  12. Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No. 3: IV. Passacaglia [Lodovico Roncalli, 1692]. Maestoso – Vivace
  13. Rossiniana Suite, after Rossini, P. 148: I. “Capri e Taormina” (Barcarola e siciliana). Allegretto – Andantino – Allegretto
  14. Rossiniana Suite, after Rossini, P. 148: II. Lamento. Andantino maestoso
  15. Rossiniana Suite, after Rossini, P. 148: III. Intermezzo. Allegretto – Poco più mosso – Tempo I
  16. Rossiniana Suite, after Rossini, P. 148: IV. Tarantella “puro sangue” (con passaggio de la processione). Allegro vivacissimo – Andante religioso – Tempo I

Disk 8

  1. Concerto in modo misolidio: I. Moderato
  2. Concerto in modo misolidio: II. Lento – Andante con moto
  3. Concerto in modo misolidio: III. Passacaglia. Allegro energico
  4. Metamorphoseon: I. Theme. Andante moderato, II. Modus I. Moderato non troppo, III. Modus II. Allegretto, IV. Modus III. Lento, V. Modus IV. Lento espressivo, VI. Modus V. Molto vivace, VII. Modus VI. Vivo, VIII. Modus VII. Cadenza, IX. Modus VIII. Andantino mosso, X. Modus IX. Lento non troppo, XI. Modus X. Molto allegro, XII. Modus XI. Molto allegro, XIII. Modus XII. Vivo non troppo