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Crepuscolo - Songs by Ottorino Respighi

Composer Ottorino Respighi
Performer Ammiel Bushakevitz
Timothy Fallon
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2632 SACD
EAN 7318599926322
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Jun 2022
Total time 74'04


Crepuscolo is the final song in Ottorino Respighi’s song cycle Deità silvane (‘woodland deities’), but as an album title it also stands for the twilight during the interwar years of everything that Respighi represented, as various trends such as atonality, spiky neoclassicism and futurism flourished. In reaction to these developments, Respighi in 1932 famously signed a manifesto calling for music with a ‘human content’ – something which his songs certainly live up to: as Elsa Respighi, the composer’s wife, once said it was to his songs that he ‘entrusts his heart’s hidden secrets, when he lets his soul sing freely.’ &&&

From L’ultima ebbrezza, composed when Respighi was only 17 years old, to the Four Scottish Songs from 1924, the songs recorded here attest to the variety of his musical interests, influences and styles, and are at turns lyrically operatic, expressionist, impressionist or symbolist. Respighi’s love of the Renaissance is also manifest in the Cinque canti all’antica, settings of poets including Boccaccio. Timothy Fallon and Ammiel Bushakevitz have previously released a Liszt recital described as ‘superb’ in Gramophone. They have now devised a varied programme which takes in three complete groups as well as a selection of individual songs, including Respighi’s most popular songs (Nebbie, Stornellatrice) as well as less well known ones.
 
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  Ottorino Respighi
  Deità Silvane, P 107 15'00
01 1. I fauni 2'20
02 2. Musica in horto 2'03
03 3. Egle 3'10
04 4. Acqua 2'57
05 5. Crepuscolo 4'30
 
06 In alto mare, P 89 No. 1 1'05
07 Contrasto, P 66 2'09
08 L'ultima ebbrezza, P 8 3'25
09 Abbandono, P 89 No. 2 2'06
10 Stornellatrice, P 69 1'47
  Cinque canti all'antica, P 71 9'58
11 1. L'udir talvolta 1'31
12 2. Ma come potrei 1'53
13 3. Ballata 1'39
14 4. Bella porta di rubini 2'00
15 5. Canzone (nell' opera comica Re Enzo) 2'55
 
16 Storia breve, P 52 2'29
17 Nel giardino, P 97 No. 6 4'04
18 Pioggia, P 90 No. 6 2'23
19 Lagrime, P 9 4'05
  Quattro arie scozzesi, P 143 15'13
20 1. When the Kye Come Hame 5'15
21 2. Within a Mile of Edinburgh Town 3'34
22 3. My Heart's in the Highlands 4'01
23 4. The Piper of Dundee 2'23
 
24 O falce di luna calante, P 90 No. 1 3'00
25 Notturno, P 11 3'46
26 Nebbie, P 64 3'22
  Album total 74'04
ComposerRespighi, Ottorino
TenorFallon, Timothy
PianoBushakevitz, Ammiel

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