Respighi: Orchestral Works Vol. 2

Respighi: Orchestral Works Vol. 2
Composer Ottorino Respighi
Artist Orchestra Sinfonia di Roma
Francesco la Vecchia conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94393
EAN code 5028421943930
Release September 2012

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The second 2CD volume of Respighi’s orchestral music (of a projected four from the Rome orchestra) focuses on the concerto form, and on Respighi’s relationship with early music. He was a pioneer in this field, and applied Renaissance rhythms and harmonies to the vocabulary and instrumentation of Richard Strauss’s idiom, both in small (Antique Airs and Dances) and large forms (the early Concerto all’Antica). The Poema Autunnale is a more freeflowing, rhapsodic development of the violin concerto form, moody and with a touch of melancholy as befits the season.

On CD1 we find the sultry sounds of Respighi’s ‘Brazilian Impressions’ (composed after a 1927 tour to South America) evoking a tropical night, Carnival dances and even the mighty indigenous snakes (which he saw in a Reptile institute). The four ‘Church Windows’ are hardly more chaste in effect, such is Respighi’s love of voluptuous orchestration. ‘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, June 2012, reviewing the first volume of the series.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2009–2010.
- Includes comprehensive booklet notes.
- The first volume of the Respighi series (Brilliant Classics 94392) met already with great critical acclaim.The Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma and maestro Francesco La Vecchia have recently won several awards for their recordings (Diapason d’Or, Choc deClassica, etc).
- New recordings, newly written liner notes, by an Italian specialist.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Impressioni Brasiliane (1928): I. Notte tropicale
  2. Impressioni Brasiliane (1928): II. Butantan
  3. Impressioni Brasiliane (1928): III. Canzone e Danza
  4. Trittico Botticelliano (1927): I. La primavera
  5. Trittico Botticelliano (1927): II. L'adorazione dei Magi
  6. Trittico Botticelliano (1927): III. La nascita di Venere
  7. Vetrate di chiesa (1926): I. La fuga in Egitto
  8. Vetrate di chiesa (1926): II. S. Michele Arcangelo
  9. Vetrate di chiesa (1926): III. Il mattutino di S. Chiara
  10. Vetrate di chiesa (1926): IV. S. Gregorio Magno

Disk 2

  1. Concerto a cinque for oboe, trumpet, violin, double bass, piano and strings (1933): I. Moderato
  2. Concerto a cinque for oboe, trumpet, violin, double bass, piano and strings (1933): II. Adagio
  3. Concerto a cinque for oboe, trumpet, violin, double bass, piano and strings (1933): III. Allegro vivace
  4. Poema autunnale (1925): Calmo – Molto lento – Allegro moderato – Allegro con spirito – Tranquillo – Lento – Calmo come al principio
  5. Concerto all’antica: I. Allegro
  6. Concerto all’antica: II. Adagio non troppo
  7. Concerto all’antica: III. Vivace