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Respighi: Ancient Airs And Dances, Etc / Jesús López-cobos


Release Date: 03/17/1992 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80309   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Not unexpectedly this new Telarc disc has warm, full sound, yet with refined detail, and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra plays with much finesse. Lopez-Cobos's opening is bright-eyed and robust, but there no lack of elegance. The ''Villanella'' of the First Suite has some delightful oboe playing and again at the opening of the Second where, following the briskly spirited ''Danza rustica'', a touchingly elegant melancholy permeates the ''Campanae parisiensis''. The woodwind are very engagingly light of heart in the closing ''Bergamasca''.

Suite No. 3, for strings alone, opens most gracefully with translucent textures, even if Lopez-Cobos does not quite catch the haunting, bitter-sweet sense of nostalgia for the distant past,
Read more that makes the Dorati/Philharmonia Hungarica version (currently reissued on Mercury (CD) 434 304-2MM) so memorable. But that disc does not include the Trittico botticelliano, which is a distinct asset on the Telarc issue. The opening evocation of spring brings an extravagantly coloured woodwind display; a sense of life bursting out, with luminous trillings and the morning light reflected in the glowing strings; the central ''Adoration of the Magi'' with its familiar carol interpolation is wistfully serene, while the closing picture of ''The birth of Venus'' has a glowingly rapt burgeoning of expansive ecstasy, very sensuously Italianite in feeling. The Lausanne woodwind playing is really distinguished in this work and the glowing ambience of the Musica Theatre of La-Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland is agreeably flattering in the best possible sense.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1 by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Musica-Theatre, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switz 
2.
Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 2 by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Musica-Theatre, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switz 
3.
Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3 by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Musica-Theatre, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switz 
4.
Trittico botticelliano by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Musica-Theatre, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switz 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Celebratory and Peaceful July 1, 2013 By Mark Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh, PA) See All My Reviews "This music is hard to beat - it is serene and thoughtful, as well as having ancient roots. Respighi is so good at composing these pieces, and the performance on each is high-level and quite good. These musical "pictures" flow and almost teach a message of simplicity AND BREVITY. The Trittico Botticelliano then fills it and warms with exuberance. I think this recording will satisfy many to most listeners." Report Abuse
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