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Respighi: Pines Of Rome, Fountains Of Rome, Feste Romane / Dutoit


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 410145   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Another outstanding success for one of North America's most responsive orchestras, with playing not just brilliant, but relaxed and joyful.

Since Ozawa's recording appeared four years ago, the recommendation has been clear for these brilliant showpieces, the playing highly polished as this virtuoso music demands, yet warmly atmospheric too and superbly recorded with no deterioration on exceptionally long sides. DG has, alas, now deleted that superb record (2530 890. 6/79), but in compensation Dutoit and the Montreal orchestra follow up their outstanding success in other colourful orchestral music with a record that stands alongside the DG issue, in some ways even more beautiful, giving these display pieces an extra
Read more degree of expressiveness without overloading them. So the very opening of the Pines of Rome representing children playing at the Villa Borghese is usually played for brilliance above all, as it is by Ozawa. The initial impression from Dutoit is much gentler. One registers above all the beauty of sound, the shimmer and transparency to make this genuine laughter music, which with children playing it surely should be. The climax of the second movement near the catacombs then has the syncopations given a jazzy freedom, and the nightingale of the third movement is placed more evocatively, where with Ozawa it sounds rather as if a stray bird has got into the concert hall. Comparisons in the other two works bring comparable contrasts, though 12 very different movements make generalizations difficult.

The advantage over the 1979 DG analogue recording is not so striking as I had expected—the bass drum in the final march movement of the Pines of Rome is even more ominous in that earlier recording—but nonetheless the Decca sound, with its ability to give clarity to even the biggest, most complex tutti, is to be preferred, with extra range in the bass, which gives the organ pedal a heart-stopping impact. All in all another outstanding success for one of North America's most responsive orchestras, with playing not just brilliant, but relaxed and joyful.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [9/1983]
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Works on This Recording

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

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 One of the best January 3, 2013 By David K. (Beverly Hills, MI) See All My Reviews "There are by now dozens of recordings of these three very popular compositions by Respighi. I have at least 5 of each. So why buy yet another? Dutoit has the best approach to the Pines of any of the conductors I have yet encountered. He keeps it moving along, Toscanini and Reiner are usually the standards for these works, but this is clearly a version worth having." Report Abuse
 Color shows Dutoit's skill August 6, 2012 By David H. (Salisbury, NC) See All My Reviews "This cd of the three Roman tone poems of Respighi is one of the best performances available. Dutoit's skill at bringing out the colors of the orchestra that Respighi envisioned is clearly evident. He is a master at balancing the instruments of the Impressionists, and Respighi is the Italian Impressionist. I recommend this cd highly." Report Abuse
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