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listen  1. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.1 - 1. Balletto detto "Il Conte Orlando"Philharmonia Hungarica 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.1 - 2. GagliardaPhilharmonia Hungarica 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.1 - 4. Passo mezzo e MascheradaPhilharmonia Hungarica 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.2 - 1. Laura soave: balletto con gagliarda, saltarello e canarioPhilharmonia Hungarica 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.2 - 2. Danza rusticaPhilharmonia Hungarica 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.2 - 3. Campanae parisienses - AriaPhilharmonia Hungarica 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3 - 1. ItalianaPhilharmonia Hungarica 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3 - 2. Arie di corte: (a) Andante cantabilePhilharmonia Hungarica 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3 - 2. Arie di corte: (b) AllegrettoPhilharmonia Hungarica0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3 - 2. Arie di corte: (c) VivacePhilharmonia Hungarica0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3 - 2. Arie di corte: (d) Lento con grande espressionePhilharmonia Hungarica 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3 - 2. Arie di corte: (f) VivacissimoPhilharmonia Hungarica0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen17. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3 - 3. SicilianaPhilharmonia Hungarica 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3 - 4. PassacagliaPhilharmonia Hungarica 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (May 12, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0000057LF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you're ever looking for really nice, pre-recorded wedding music, then you should try this record. The very first couple of minutes of the first track make perfect processional music in an average-sized church. The piece is appealingly arranged for chamber orchestra from Renaissance lute music, and it appears to swell in volume like an approaching parade. The result has just the right combination of joy and solemnity. Anyway, this first recording of the complete suites of dances is still by and large the best. It was another triumph for Dorati and his enterprising colleagues at Mercury Living Presence. Even if you don't have a wedding to go to, it's worth hearing. --David Hurwitz

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Recording made in 1958, sounds as great as if it was recorded in recent years.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John Parker Marmaro on December 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Another listener, reviewing the Neville Marriner version of these three suites by Ottorino Respighi, called it "the most beautiful music one is likely to hear" or the like. And it is. The Penguin Guide to Classical CDs awarded this famous and magnificent recording a Rosette (its "Academy Award", so to speak). It is, simply put, almost achingly beautiful music: sometimes austere, sometimes brusque, often haunting and enchanting, or full-heartedly joyous; delectably scored (Respighi was a student of Rimsky-Korsakov), stunningly played, and favored with so rich a recording quality that it hardly seems possible the recordings were made in the 1950s! This is music that soothes the spirit, engages the mind and feeds the soul--- a must for anyone who can truly appreciate-- and it SHOULD be capitalized!-- Beauty. All the recorded versions of this music are delectable and this particular version is the benchmark by which the others are judged! A true desert island recording!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bob Zeidler on December 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For those already having SACD playback capabilities, or contemplating purchase of a SACD deck, this Dorati/Philharmonia Hungarica recording of Ottorino Respighi's "Ancient Dances and Airs for the Lute" has been newly released in hybrid SACD form. Below are my comments on the SACD release, covering both the SACD layer and the "redbook" CD layer. Those with (or contemplating) SACD capabilites will want to check this new release (ASIN B0001BPPN0) out; the sound quality is nothing short of mind-boggling.

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Antal Dorati, Ottorino Respighi's music and I go back a long way, all the way to Dorati's mid-50s Mercury Living Presence monophonic LP of Respighi's first two parts of his Roman Trilogy ("The Fountains of Rome" and "The Pines of Rome") with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Over time, I managed to collect all of Dorati's Respighi (adding up to a total of 4 albums), first on mono LP and then on stereo LP, up to and including this Philharmonia Hungarica performance of the full suite of "Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute" (by this time, in stereo only).

For reasons that escape me (probably a temporary change in musical tastes in the interim), I hadn't yet duplicated any of these on CD when they were released on this medium. For this particular work on CD, I had been in sort of a "limp along" mode for some years, with a recording by Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Dorati and the Philharmonia Hungarica - particularly in this remastering that includes 2- and 3-channel SACD as well as the conventional CD signal that had itself been superbly remastered by Wilma Cozart Fine not all that long ago - makes it easy for me to retire that Ozawa recording.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J-c on August 2, 2004
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A great job from the Philharmonia of Hungary under the supreme leadership of Antal Dorati. Control, balance and careful handling of the musical nuances, this is essentially what Dorati got from his musicians during that session. The product, apart from being a truly great recording, has awe-inspiring, unmatched playing all around. If you're a fan of Respighi, or simply a collector of good instrumental music, the Ancient Dances and Airs belong to your collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ernest a. dupont on May 20, 2000
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This music should be in everyone's collection. To me, it is that basic. Respighi went to ancient sources, collected various melodies (such as the French love songs in SUITE NO. 3), then he arranged this is three suites or airs and dances. The Dorati version is exquisitely well played and very well recorded. The resulting product, a ravishing, hauntingly beautiful record... delicately beautiful. The tempos are natural and gay... sad when they have to be, but always natural. The playing is never rushed, always andante cantabile. This version should be in everyone's collection. (Compare with the equally beautiful Ozawa version on DGG).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2003
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--Ottorino Respighi--
Respighi (1879-1936) was one of the great orchestra composers of Italy (a nation whose composers are more often associated with opera). Born into a family of professional musicians, Respighi was educated with greats such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Max Bruch. Deriving inspiration from the likes of Richard Strauss as well as ancient and medieval musical styles, Respighi showed great talent as a composer as well as an arranger and synthesiser of new presentations for old music. Such is the case with the pieces in this recording, Ancient Airs and Dances.
--Ancient Airs and Dances--
This has become one of the more popular pieces of Respighi in the late twentieth century; many know Respighi only through these works, and others have heard this music without knowing the origin or Respighi's role in their presentation. Largely deriving from Italian and French music for the lute, the original melody lines and pieces come from seventeenth and eighteenth century. The piece consists of three suites of four pieces each, the first two for orchestra and the third for strings. (All three suites were made into a ballet shortly after Respighi's death by his wife and student, Elsa, in 1937.)
There is great simplicity in the music here. Yet there is also grand texture. The music follows a logical progression and throws in few surprises, but is a delight in the journey through the tunes as would be a stroll through a familiar, favourite park. The tempo varies between pieces, sometimes lively and sometimes sombre. For this particular recording the tempo is a bit slower overall than I am used to, but it has a pleasant effect overall.
--Antal Dorati--
Dorati made so many recordings he lost track of them.
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