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Respighi - The Birds & Ancient Dances and Airs

Composer Ottorino Respighi
Performer Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
John Neschling, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2540 SACD
EAN 7318599925400
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Mar 2023
Total time 75'30

With the present album, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and John Neschling bring us the sixth and last instalment in a series that has been called ‘the finest-ever survey of the composer’s orchestral output undertaken by a single conductor’ (BBC Music Magazine).
The immense popularity of the Roman Trilogy has had the effect of obscuring many parts of Respighi’s oeuvre, including arrangements of pieces from the Renaissance and &&&Baroque periods. These arrangements, a genuine declaration of love for this music, were less an attempt at musicological reconstruction than ‘free transcriptions for orchestra’ as the composer described them.

The four suites on this album, Gli Uccelli (The Birds) and the three entitled Ancient Dances and Airs, bear witness to this art. Gli Uccelli consists of five pieces originally written for harpsichord or lute which, as the title suggests, evoke birds set in colourful soundscapes. The Ancient Dances and Airs are suites each made of four pieces for lute or guitar from the Italian and French repertoire of the late 16th and early 17th centuries adorned with new orchestral colours. The success of these suites owes much to their orchestration: subtle and sober with timbres of rare sophistication. A refined treat from the Italian master of orchestration.
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  Ottorino Respighi
  Gli uccelli (The Birds), P 154 20'31
01 1. Preludio 2'54
02 2. La colomba 5'22
03 3. La gallina 3'07
04 4. L'usignuolo 4'13
05 5. Il cucù 4'55
  Antiche danze ed arie Suite No.1, P 109 15'50
06 Balletto: Il Conte Orlando 2'56
07 Gagliarda 3'47
08 Villanella 5'03
09 Passo mezzo e Mascherada 4'04
  Antiche danze ed arie Suite No.2, P 138 18'21
10 Laura soave 3'52
11 Danza rustica 3'59
12 Campanae parisienses and Aria 5'41
13 Bergamasca 4'49
  Antiche danze ed arie Suite No.3, P 172 20'41
14 Italiana 3'48
15 Arie di corte 8'45
16 Siciliana 3'47
17 Passacaglia 4'21
  Album total 75'30
ComposerRespighi, Ottorino
OrchestraOrchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
ConductorNeschling, John

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