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Respighi: La Boutique Fantasque, The Birds / Conti, Palermo Teatro Massimo Orchestra

Respighi / Orch Sin Teatro Massimo Palermo / Conti
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777295   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Marzio Conti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palermo Teatro Massimo Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Respighi's lovely ballet based on Rossini, La boutique fantasque, doesn't get a lot of play these days. God forbid it should grace a concert program, but it's a wonderful piece, especially when heard complete as here. Marzio Conti delivers an expert performance, full of graceful vigor in the Tarantella, Cossack Dance, Can Can, and Gallop, and poetically tranquil moods in the Valse lente and Nocturne. The Birds also goes well, although here the strings don't have quite the unanimity of ensemble characteristic of the best competing versions. Still, if the coupling suits, there's no reason that this well-engineered release shouldn't please
Read more thoroughly. One bit of housekeeping: The Birds is billed on the booklet cover as a "ballet suite", which it is not. It was danced as a ballet at one point, but Respighi conceived it as a suite for small orchestra, and that is what gets played here (as everywhere else). There is no other version.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
La boutique fantasque by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Marzio Conti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palermo Teatro Massimo Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Rome, Italy 
2.
Gli uccelli "The Birds" by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Marzio Conti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palermo Teatro Massimo Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Rome, Italy 

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