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Respighi: Works For Piano & Orchestra / Bartoli, Carulli

Respighi / Bartoli / Carulli / Sols
Release Date: 06/28/2011 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94055   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Sandro Ivo Bartoli
Conductor:  Michele Carulli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sächsische Landesbühnen State Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Heroic and of a Rachmaninovian cast matched with zesty bombast.

Think of this disc as Respighi's piano concertos excluding the early Concerto in A minor (recorded by Chandos) and the Fantasia Slava.

OK so the title Toccata does not lead us to expect a grand concerto but that is what we get. This beefy three movement work is strong on clamorous rhetoric in the outward facing parts but has a place for delicious quiet and contemplation in the centrepiece (4:27). If you have heard Respighi's orchestrations of Bach organ works and liked them then you will be at home with the Toccata. In the first and third movements the invention mediates between Rachmaninov's grandiloquence and Bachian
Read more rectitude. There are some flighty forays across the heavens too. The finale is more playful and once bows in the direction of Wagner. The Toccata was premiered in 1928 in the Carnegie Hall by Mengelberg with the NYPO and the composer at the piano just as was the Misolidio three years before.

The Concerto in Modo Misolidio is in the line of plainchant-influenced works that also includes the Concerto Gregoriano (1921) the Quartetto Dorico (1924) and the piano solo Tre preludi sopra melodie Gregoriano (1920). The composer had married Elsa Olivieri Sangiacomo in 1919. She was herself something of an authority on plainchant. The pearly chimes and charms of the Misolidio marry a Rachmaninovian pesante quality with the same suffocating drapes of plainchant to be heard at times in the Roman poems and in Vetrate di Chiesa. Bartoli and Carulli pull no punches and much of this is on the grandest scale without evicting prayerful intimacy.

Here is a chance to acquire - at minimum outlay - Respighi's two mature works for piano and orchestra. Not to be missed if you have a place in your heart for heroic piano concertos of a Rachmaninovian cast matched up with Respighi's gloriously overblown bombast and zest. The notes are by the pianist.

– Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata for Piano and Orchestra by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Sandro Ivo Bartoli (Piano)
Conductor:  Michele Carulli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sächsische Landesbühnen State Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Rome, Italy 
2.
Concerto in modo misolidio by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Sandro Ivo Bartoli (Piano)
Conductor:  Michele Carulli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sächsische Landesbühnen State Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Rome, Italy 

Sound Samples

Toccata, P. 156: I. Grave
Toccata, P. 156: II. Andante lento
Toccata, P. 156: III. Allegro vivo
Concerto in modo misolidio, P. 145: I. Moderato
Concerto in modo misolidio, P. 145: II. Lento - Andante con moto
Concerto in modo misolidio, P. 145: III. Passacaglia: Allegro energico

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