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CHAN 241-45
(multiple CD Set)

Respighi: Orchestral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2013

Originally recorded in 1984

Artists:

Philharmonia Orchestra


Geoffrey Simon


Yan Pascal Tortelier


Leslie Pearson

organ

Venue:

All Saints' Church, Tooting, London



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Philip Couzens

(Assistant: Metamorphoseon modi XII, Suite from Belkis, regina di Saba)

Bill Todd

(Assistant: Vetrate di chiesa, Impressioni brasiliane)

Ben Connellan

(Assistant: Roman trilogy)

Record Label
2 for 1

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 155:53
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OTTORINO RESPIGHI

(1879-1936)
   
 

Vetrate di chiesa, P 150 (1925-26)

26:46  
  (Church Windows)  
  Four Symphonic Impressions  
1 I La fuga in Egitto (The Flight into Egypt) 5:37
2 II San Michele arcangelo (St Michael Archangel) 5:48
3 III Il mattutino di Santa Chiara (The Matins of St Clare) 5:31
4 IV San Gregorio Magno (St Gregory the Great) 9:38
 Geoffrey Simon
 

Metamorphoseon modi XII, P. 169 (1930)

25:37  
  Theme and Variations for Orchestra  
5 Tema. Andante moderato - 1:48
6 Modus I. Moderato non troppo - 1:53
7 Modus II. Allegretto - 1:37
8 Modus III. Lento - 2:22
9 Modus IV. Lento espressivo - 2:38
10 Modus V. Molto vivace - 0:36
11 Modus VI. Vivo - 0:43
12 Modus VII. Cadenze - 6:38
13 Modus VIII. Andantino mosso - 1:21
14 Modus IX. Lento non troppo - 2:18
15 Modus X. Molto allegro - 0:41
16 Modus XI. Molto allegro - 0:51
17 Modus XII. Vivo non troppo 2:05
 Geoffrey Simon
 

Feste romane, P 157 (1928)

24:24  
18 I Circenses - 4:31
19 II Il giubileo - 6:36
20 III L'ottobrata - 7:41
21 IV La befana 5:35
 Leslie Pearson organ
 Yan Pascal Tortelier
 

Fontane di Roma, P 106 (1915-16)

16:40  
22 I La fontana di Valle Giulia all'alba - 4:39
23 II La fontana del Tritone al mattino - 2:44
24 III La fontana di Trevi al meriggio - 3:38
25 IV La fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto 5:38
 Yan Pascal Tortelier
 

Pini di Roma, P 141 (1923-24)

21:48  
26 I I pini di Villa Borghese - 2:49
27 II Pini presso una catacomba - 6:33
28 III I pini del Gianicolo - 7:10
29 IV I pini della via Appia 5:15
 Yan Pascal Tortelier
 

Belkis, regina di Saba, P 177 (1934)

22:31  
  (Belkis, Queen of Sheba)  
  Suite for Orchestra from the Complete Ballet, P 171 (1931)  
30 I Il sogno di Salomone (The Dream of Solomon) 7:58
31 II Danza guerresca (War Dance) 2:51
32 III La danza di Belkis all'aurora (The Dance of Belkis at Dawn) 6:19
33 IV Danza orgiastica (Orgiastic Dance) 5:13
 Geoffrey Simon
 

Impressioni brasiliane, P 153 (1928)

18:46  
  (Brazilian Impressions)  
  Suite for Orchestra  
34 I Notte tropicale (Tropical Night) 9:42
35 II Butantan (In a snake-garden near São Paulo) 4:50
36 III Canzone e danza (Song and Dance) 4:06
 Geoffrey Simon
   
  17 and 18 January 1984 (Vetrate di chiesa, Impressioni brasiliane), 21 and 22 January 1985 (Metamorphoseon modi, XII, Suite from Belkis, regina di Saba, & 15 and 16 April 1991 (Roman trilogy)  


The ‘Roman Trilogy’ is among Respighi’s best-known and best-loved works. Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome are comprised of four distinct sections, each again depicting a particular fountain, or pine grove, in Rome, at a particular time of day. The final chapter in the trilogy, Roman Festivals, is inspired by, as the title suggests, four Rome-based festivals.
 
Respighi based his Church Windows on Three Piano Preludes on Gregorian Melodies. The preludes were published in 1922, and orchestrated three years later, Respighi adding one further movement, making it a four-piece symphonic suite. Each of the individual movements was given an appropriate sub-heading, illustrating a biblical or religious scene that might have appeared in actual stained-glass windows. The first movement, for instance, is slow and stately, its constant forward moving accompaniment suggesting ‘the passing of a chariot beneath a brilliant and starry sky’, hence the name ‘The Flight into Egypt’.
Brazilian Impressions took its inspiration from the composer’s colourful and vibrant memories of a trip to South America. The opening movement is a deeply atmospheric nocturne, depicting dance rhythms and folksongs heard in the distance on a warm, tropical Brazilian evening. A less pleasant memory perhaps is recalled in the second movement, namely a visit to the Butantan Reptile Institute, the sliding movements and angry whirring of the rattle-snakes perfectly depicted in the music.
 
The ballet score for Belkis, Queen of Sheba evokes the wondrous journey undertaken in the year 1000 B.C. by Belkis, the Queen of Sheba, in response to an imperial message from Solomon, the King of Israel. The full eighty-minute ballet required an enormous orchestra including such unconventional instruments as sitars and wind machines, a chorus and vocal soloists, and a narrator to relate the story in verse. Two years after completing the ballet score, Respighi extracted a purely orchestral suite, which is recorded here.
Metamorphoseon, commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1930, consists of twelve variations, or ‘modes’. The day after the work’s premiere performance, The Boston Traveller wrote: ‘...a colossal achievement... His is a rare genius for melody, an absolute technical command and above all, brilliant orchestration.’

"... I am really happy with this remastering and coupling - so many pieces in outstanding performances."

Donald R Vroon - American Record Guide - September/October 2013


                       Performance ****          Recording *****
“Sumptuous, meaty performances, featuring Tortelier’s vigorous Roman trilogy. The Philharmonia’s rich sonorities enjoy a spacious Chandos recording.”
 
BBC Music magazine – August 2013 
 

"... This Chandos 2-for-1 set is irresistibly generous and lavishly recorded. I do not see a more attractive entry point for Respighi in his most eloquent and spendthrift style... "
 
Rob Barnett - MusicWeb-International.com - 4 June 2013



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