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Respighi - Church Windows

Composer Ottorino Respighi
Performer Anna Caterina Antonacci
Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
John Neschling, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2250 SACD
EAN 7318599922508
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2017
Total time 66'26

In their acclaimed series of Ottorino Respighi’s orchestral music, John Neschling and Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège have transported listeners to destinations as diverse as Brazil (Impressione brasiliane) and King Solomon’s Jerusalem (Belkis, Regina di Saba) as well as giving a thrilling account of the composer’s monumental Sinfonia drammatica&&& – a score of epic proportions for a correspondingly large-scale orchestra. That performance earned a Critic’s Choice in American Record Guide and an ‘Empfehlung’ on German website, and throughout the series Neschling and his team have received high praise for incisive interpretations and luxurious playing.

The present disc brings together three of Respighi’s more popular works, besides the perennial Roman trilogy. Scored for small orchestra, his Botticellian Triptych has all the freshness of the famous paintings of the Renaissance master: Spring, Adoration of the Magi and Birth of Venus. Subtitled ‘poemetto lirico’ Il tramonto was originally composed for voice and string quartet, but is often performed with a larger complement of strings, as here. Soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci breathes impassioned life into Shelley’s Romantic poem The Sunset (translated into Italian) in which love is brutally cut short by death. The disc closes with the four Church Windows, three of which originated as piano preludes based on Gregorian themes. In 1925 Respighi composed a fourth companion piece, and recast the set as a suite for orchestra. Only then did he give titles to the movements, so that his lavishly orchestrated windows are in fact imaginary scenes, rather than any existing church windows.
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  Ottorino Respighi
  Trittico botticelliano per piccola orchestra 19'52
01 I. La Primavera 6'01
02 II. L’adorazione dei Magi 8'57
03 III. La nascita di Venere 4'54
04 Il tramonto (The Sunset) 16'24
  Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows) 28'37
05 I. La fuga in Egitto 6'37
06 II. San Michele Arcangelo 6'18
07 III. Il mattutino di Santa Chiara 5'18
08 IV. San Gregorio Magno 10'24
  Album total 66'26
ComposerRespighi, Ottorino
SopranoAntonacci, Anna Caterina
LyricistShelley, Percy Bysshe

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