WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Respighi: Impressioni Brasiliane, La Boutique Fantasque / Neschling

Respighi
Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2050   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

It’s good to see John Neschling’s series of recordings for BIS continuing with this fine Respighi disc from Liège. Brazilian Impressions may not be one of Respighi’s more important pieces–there was a long period of time when the only available recordings were Dorati’s on Mercury Living Presence–but the music is super atmospheric, and the use of the Dies irae chant melody to represent the snakes at Butantan reveals a wry sense of humor not often associated with this composer. The work is played as well as as on any competing recording, and the SACD sonics both here and in La Boutique fantasque are stupendous.

As for the ballet, it always has been one of Respighi’s most popular works, as much for the Rossini originals
Read more adapted for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes as for the colorfully scored settings themselves. Neschling’s performance rocks. Exciting numbers like the Tarantella, the Cossack Dance, the Cancan, and the final Galop have tremendous energy, but elegance and swagger too, while the Valse lente and Nocturne ooze a particularly Rossinian brand of unsentimental poetry that no one else quite matches. Respighi’s arrangements, it’s worth stressing, really do make it seem as if the music was composed for orchestra all along. A delightful disc, both musically and sonically.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. La boutique fantasque by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Rome, Italy 
2. Impressioni brasiliane by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 

Sound Samples

Impressioni brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions), P. 153: No. 1. Notte Tropicale (Tropical Night)
Impressioni brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions), P. 153: No. 2. Butantan (In a snake-garden near Sao Paulo)
Impressioni brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions), P. 153: No. 3. Canzone e Danza (Song and Dance)
La boutique fantasque, P. 120 (after Rossini): Overture
La boutique fantasque, P. 120 (after Rossini): Tarantella
La boutique fantasque, P. 120 (after Rossini): Mazurka
La boutique fantasque, P. 120 (after Rossini): Danse cosaque (Cossack Dance)
La boutique fantasque, P. 120 (after Rossini): Can-Can
La boutique fantasque, P. 120 (after Rossini): Valse lente
La boutique fantasque, P. 120 (after Rossini): Nocturne
La boutique fantasque, P. 120 (after Rossini): Galop

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook