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Respighi: Fountains Of Rome; Pines Of Rome; Ancient Airs And Dances

Respighi / Dorati
Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802048   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These Mercury Living Presence recordings are classics, and rightly so. The Ancient Airs and Dances never have been bettered, and if there are now more powerful and better-sounding versions of Pines and Fountains, there’s no gainsaying Dorati’s authoritative interpretations. Indeed, just about everyone over the age of 30 undoubtedly learned the Brazilian Impressions from this excellent recording, and Dorati’s version of The Birds exudes charm but never cloys. The sonics have held up amazingly well, overall. Conveniently packaged on two CDs, this is one of those basic releases that no serious collection should be without.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
These Mercury Living Presence recordings are classics, and rightly so. The Ancient Airs and Dances never have been bettered, and if there are now more powerful and better-sounding versions of Pines and Fountains, there’s no gainsaying Dorati’s authoritative interpretations. Indeed, just about everyone over the age of 30 undoubtedly learned the Brazilian Impressions from this excellent recording, and Dorati’s version of The Birds exudes charm but never cloys. The sonics have held up amazingly well, overall. Conveniently packaged on two CDs, this is one of those basic releases that no serious collection should be without.

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

1. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1 by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Großer Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 16 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 2 by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Großer Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 19 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3 by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1958 
Venue:  Großer Saal, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 10 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4. Gli uccelli "The Birds" by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall 
Length: 19 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5. Impressioni brasiliane by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall 
Length: 18 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6. Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1960 
Venue:  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 15 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7. Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1960 
Venue:  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 18 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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