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Respighi: Roman Trilogy / Neschling, Sao Paulo

Respighi / Sao Paulo Sym Orch / Neschling
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1720  
Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony 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.


If you're looking for great SACD multi-channel sonics in this music, then this release is the way to go. Given the brilliance of Respighi's scoring, it's remarkable just how difficult it has been for record labels to capture this music effectively, particularly at the big climaxes. Here, finally, is a production that really does offer a close approximation of the sound of this music live, with natural perspectives, impressive dynamic range, rich bass, and plenty of presence. It's the best since Reiner's legendary RCA Living Stereo production.

Happily, the performances have plenty of
Read more musical interest as well. John Neschling doesn't just beat time and stay out of the way. He has ideas, and they work. Consider his flexibility of tempo in the second movement of Feste Romane. This tone poem usually gets short shrift compared to the others--it's supposed to be both the noisiest and least musically interesting, but not here. Neschling finds countless details of scoring that other versions neglect, and he conducts with love. He brings an extra measure of grandeur to the Trevi fountain climax of Fountains of Rome, and the final march in Pines is as spectacular as anyone could ask.

Through it all the São Paulo Symphony plays magnificently, without perhaps the hair-trigger precision of Muti/Philadelphia, but with just as much passion and panache. It's so gratifying to hear a recording of this music that really does it justice. Respighi isn't junk, and there's no excuse for playing him that way. This release belongs right up there with Toscanini, Muti, Bernstein (Pines and Festivals), Reiner, and Kempe (the latter two in Pines and Fountains), among the great versions of this music on disc.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Rome, Italy 
2.
Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy 
3.
Feste romane by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  John Neschling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Rome, Italy 

Featured Sound Samples

Fountains of Rome: III. La fontana di Trevi al meriggio
Pines of Rome: I. I pini di Villa Borghese

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