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Respighi: Pines Of Rome, The Birds, Etc / Antal Doráti


Release Date: 09/12/1990 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 432007   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Fountains of Rome have a special kind of atmosphere: one can sense the shimmering light of the early-morning landscape, and the sensuous evocation of sunset is no less haunting.

This Mercury reissue is the equivalent of two analogue LPs, of which the Roman coupling has not been available in the UK before. Obviously EMI (who were distributing Mercury in the early stereo era) thought it would not compete with RCA's marvellous 1961 Reiner/Chicago pairing of the same music... Yet the performances are very well played and the special character of the Mercury sound gives them added individuality. This seems partly the effect of the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, and partly the use of Telefunken 201 microphones which
Read more give a coolly crystalline effect at the very top of the orchestral range. The opening and closing sections of Fountains of Rome have a special kind of atmosphere: one can sense the shimmering light of the early-morning landscape, and the gentle yet sensuously Mediterranean evocation of sunset is no less haunting...

The tingling detail of the sound picture of ''The Pines of the Villa Borghese'', and the sepulchral Catacomb sequence with its melancholy trumpet solo are highlights in the companion piece. For the other two Respighi works, Mercury came to London and the warmer ambience of Watford Town Hall. Gli uccelli is a delight. It has been recorded a number of times since this pioneering 1957 version, but it is remarkable how well the LSO playing and the Mercury sound can match other performances. Whether in the delicacy of ''The dove'' or the more boisterous ''Hen'', the presentation is delightful and the ritornello which begins and ends the suite has a genial rhythmic lift. The Impressioni brasiliane is the weakest work here, most notable for the central movement, ''Butantane'', with its slithering snakes and hints of the Dies irae. But it is worth an occasional hearing and, played and recorded with plenty of colouristic character, it can be regarded as a bonus for the rest of the programme.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [2/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/19/1960 
Venue:  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis 
Length: 19 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Gli uccelli "The Birds" by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1957 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 19 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3.
Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/19/1960 
Venue:  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis 
Length: 15 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Impressioni brasiliane by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1957 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 19 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Gli uccelli (The Birds): I. Prelude
Pines of Rome: I. The Pines of Villa Borghese

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