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RESPIGHI, O.: Belkis / Ballata delle gnomidi / Pini di Roma (Oue)

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2013

Originally recorded in 2012


Minnesota Orchestra

Oue, Eiji

Eiji Oue


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Reference Recordings CD


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 62:20
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RESPIGHI, O.: Belkis / Ballata delle gnomidi / Pini di Roma (Oue)

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Belkis, Queen of Sheba Suite, P. 177

1 I. Il Sogno di Salomone (The Dream of Solomon) 8:58
2 III. La Danza di Belkis all'aurora (The Dance of Belkis at Dawn) 6:55
3 II. Danza guerresca (War Dance) 2:49
4 IV. Danza orgiastica (Orgiastic Dance) 5:18

Ballata delle gnomidi, P. 124

5 I. Allegro vivace 2:48
6 II. Meno mosso 5:31
7 III. Alla marcia funebre 2:38
8 IV. Allegro 4:45

Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome), P. 141

9 I. I pini di Villa Borghese (The Pines of the Villa Borghese) 2:55
10 II. Pini presso una catacomba (Pines Near a Catacomb) 6:43
11 III. I pini del Gianicolo (The Pines of the Janiculum) 7:14
12 IV. I pini della via Appia (The Pines of the Appian Way) 5:46
 Eiji Oue Conductor
 Oue, Eiji

"Dazzling orchestral colors," is one one way to describe the music of Ottorino Respighi. "Belkis, Queen of Sheba" was conceived as an evening-long ballet with singing whose lavishness has kept it from view since its La Scala premiere. This is only the second recording of a suite prepared by the composer – for the first time with the tenor solo (sung by Chad Shelton), and with the movements in the correct order. The music’s oriental perfumes and barbaric splendor guarantee the enthusiasm of anyone who hears it. "Dance of the Gnomes" is a little-known but characteristically dramatic and colorful (some might say "lurid") tone poem. "Prof." Johnson’s stunning HDCD¬ sonics make Respighi’s greatest hit "The Pines of Rome" (with extra brasses and organ!) a dazzling conclusion to this unusual, inventive program.

"Colorful,thrilling performances of BELKIS, as Respighi would have preferred, and of the quirky gnomes piece, delivered in superb sound, makes this a compulsory purchase for every Respighi devotee." 
Ian Lace - Fanfare  (Also, chosen for his WISH LIST - one of the five best releases of 2001.)

"Stunning accounts of BELKIS and PINES OF ROME." 
Haller- American Record Guide

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