Ottorino Respighi

Biography

Born: Jul 9, 1879; Italy   Died: Apr 18, 1936; Italy   Period: Romantic
Mostly known for his richly descriptive symphonic poems Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome) and Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome), Respighi was a versatile composer who translated into music powerful visual experiences and feelings of deep attachment to cherished places. Respighi's symphonic works are praised primarily for their exquisite orchestration, but these compositions also possess a charm which transcends the merely picturesque. This Read more charm is particularly evident in works inspired by Medieval and Renaissance music, such as Ancient Airs and Dances for orchestra.

Born in 1879, Respighi studied from 1891 to 1900 at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna. In 1900 and 1902, he traveled to Russia, where he played the viola in the Imperial Orchestra in St. Petersburg. During his two extended visits to Russia, Respighi studied with Rimsky-Korsakov, absorbing the Russian master's ideas regarding orchestral color. In 1903, Respighi turned to a career of a concert violinist; he also played chamber music, joining Bologna's Mugellini Quartet as a violist. During the early 1900s, Respighi started writing music, but his compositions (chamber and orchestral works) attracted little attention. In 1908-1909, he was in Berlin, where he immersed himself in German musical culture. In 1913, Respighi settled in Rome, accepting a composition professorship at the Liceo (subsequently Conservatorio) di Santa Cecilia. Enchanted by Rome, Respighi found inspiration in the city's unique atmosphere and consequently formulated an original, personal musical language, exemplified by Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), written in 1914-1916.

Respighi's next project was a children's opera, La bella dormente nel bosco (Sleeping Beauty), finished in 1921, and regarded as his best stage work. After the Fontane di Roma, Respighi sought inspiration in early music, introducing Renaissance and Medieval themes into his compositions. In 1917, he composed the first set of his Antiche arie e danze per liuto (&Ancient Airs and Dances for Lute), for piano duet and strings. The second and third sets, for strings, were composed in 1923 and 1931, respectively. Sometimes regarded as adaptations, these compositions nevertheless exude a unique freshness and sincerity.

Works composed in the 1920s reflected both Respighi's fascination with early music and his desire to translate visual sensations into music. Thus, the Concerto gregoriano for violin and orchestra, composed in 1921, and Quartetto dorico, written in 1924, evoke the spirit of ancient music, while The Pines of Rome describes the splendor of the Roman landscape.

In 1924, Respighi was named director of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, resigning, however, two years later, so he would have more time to compose. Nevertheless, this period included two American tours, in 1925-1926 and 1932, as a conductor and pianist. He also accompanied singers, including his wife, Elsa Olivieri-Sangiacomo, who was also a composer. Works composed during this period include Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows), for orchestra, written in 1925, and the Trittico botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures), composed in 1927 -- a work inspired by three paintings by the great Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. Composed in 1928-1930, Respighi's Lauda per la Nativita del Signore, for two pianos, wind ensembles, vocal soloists, and chorus, develops Renaissance motifs to create a charming, serene celebration of the spirit of Christmas. Elected to the Royal Academy of Italy in 1932, Respighi died in 1936. Read less

Respighi: Ancient Airs And Dances / Rico Saccani
Release Date: 02/04/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553546   Number of Discs: 1
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Respighi: Concerto In Modo Misolidio, Etc / Scherbakov
Release Date: 05/11/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553366   Number of Discs: 1
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Respighi: Piano Music / Konstantin Scherbakov
Release Date: 06/02/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553704   Number of Discs: 1
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Respighi: Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions, Rossiniana / Falletta, Buffalo PO
Release Date: 11/20/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557711   Number of Discs: 1
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Respighi: La Primavera, La Pentola Magica / Adriano, Slovak Radio
Release Date: 12/16/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570741   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3

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  • 1.
    Boston Symphony Orchestra: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797718 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 57
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  William Steinberg,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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    The Originals, Vol. 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002534902 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Nathan Milstein,  Géza Anda,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Eugen Jochum,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances; The Birds / Raudales, Munich Radio Orchestra
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777233 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Henry Raudeles
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  • 4.
    Treasures Of World Music
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002320 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Ottorino Respighi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus,  Alexander Vedernikov,  Konstantin Lisovsky,  Sergey Yakovenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
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    Herbert Von Karajan: 3 Classic Albums - Mozart, Bizet, Resphighi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002120002 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Respighi: Complete Orchestral Music Vol 4 / La Vecchia, Rome Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94395 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Performer:  Desiree Scuccuglia
    Conductor:  Francesco La Vecchia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite III, The Birds / Marriner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420485 Release Date: 06/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Rota: Concerto Per Archi;  Barber, Respighi, Elgar /I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416356 Release Date: 01/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ottorino Respighi,  Nino Rota
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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  • 10.
    Gemini - Respighi: Pines Of Rome, Etc / Gardelli, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86549 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
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    Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances - Suites 1-3 / Ozawa
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 419868 Release Date: 03/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Masterpieces - Respighi: Orchestral Works
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1227 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Sergiu Comissiona
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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    Respighi: Birds, Botticelli Pictures, Ancient Airs & Dances / Scimone
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7486942 Release Date: 10/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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  • 14.
    Gardens Of The World With Audrey Hepburn - Music From The Television Series
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 17841 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Claude Debussy,  Leos Janácek,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Ilya Stupel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artur Rubinstein State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Respighi: Piano Music / Konstantin Scherbakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553704 Release Date: 06/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Respighi: Fontane Di Roma, Pini Di Roma, Etc / Karajan
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 449724 Release Date: 05/13/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Respighi: Ancient Airs And Dances / Rico Saccani
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553546 Release Date: 02/04/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Rico Saccani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    Respighi: Complete Ancient Airs & Dances, Etc / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9415 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia 21
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  • 19.
    Orchestral Favourites Vol Ii / Boughton, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7020 Release Date: 11/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  John Ireland,  Dag Wirén,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances I & III, etc / Orpheus CO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437533 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Label: Antes Edition   Catalog: 319012 Release Date: 09/01/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Matthias Monn,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ottorino Respighi,  Friedrich Wilhelm Hans  ... 
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    Respighi: Ancient Airs And Dances / Antal Dorati
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434304 Release Date: 05/12/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Hungarica
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    Respighi: Ancient Airs And Dances, Etc / Jesús López-cobos
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80309 Release Date: 03/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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