"...Performances of all four works are outstanding, with the Chandos sound brin our ti full riches if Respighi’s writing"
The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12
With his Italian background, newcomer Gianandrea Noseda proves the perfect choice for bringing these rich scores to vibrant life along with the enthusiastic participation of the BBC Philharmonic; and of course, Chandos never disappoints in the engineering department. A necessary acquisition for all lovers of traditionalist orchestral repertoire from the early years of the last century.
Noseda, whose previous Respighi disc for Chandos showed him the most congenial of interpreters, invests a sense of utter belief in original works and transcriptions alike, and is marvellously and plushly recorded.
International Record Review
Respighi’s lesser-known music is always worth exploring, though the quality in this collection see-saws. Thumbs up for the pocket Burlesca; thumbs down for the windier Preludio, Corale e Fuga. Thumbs up for the Etudes-tableaux; thumbs midway for Rossiniana – tiresome when brash, charming when sweetly lamenting. Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic give polished performances and spirited performances.
Noseda and his players respond in kind… dazzling in the Rossini and profound in the Rachmaninov. The warm sound is up to Chandos’s usual standards.
BBC Music Magazine
Performances of all four works are outstanding, with the Chandos sound bringing out the full richness of Respighi’s writing. How sad that he died so young.
Respighi has gradually been rehabilitated in recent years, and Gianandrea Noseda is just the conductor to bring out the exhilaration of works such as ‘Burlesca’ and the ‘Preludio, corale e fuga’, an early work written under the supervision of Rimsky-Korsakov, from whom the 20-year-old Respighi had lessons. It’s not just a tour de force: the material is subtly handled and has individuality.
Noseda, whose previous Respighi disc for Chandos showed him the most congenial of interpreters, invests a sense of utter belief in original works and transcriptions alike, and is marvellously, plushly recorded.
American Record Review