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Respighi: The Birds; Brazilian Impressions; The Fountains of Rome; The Pines of Rome

Ottorino Respighi , Antal Dorati , London Symphony Orchestra , Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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listen  1. Respighi: The Birds (Gli uccelli) - 1. PreludeLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Respighi: The Birds (Gli uccelli) - 2. The Dove (La colomba)London Symphony Orchestra 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Respighi: The Birds (Gli uccelli) - 3. The Hen (La gallina)London Symphony Orchestra 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Respighi: The Birds (Gli uccelli) - 4. The Nightingale (L'usignolo)London Symphony Orchestra 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Respighi: The Birds (Gli uccelli) - 5. The Cuckoo (Il cuccù)London Symphony Orchestra 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Respighi: Brazilian Impressions - 1. Tropical NightLondon Symphony Orchestra 9:48Album Only
listen  7. Respighi: Brazilian Impressions - 2. ButantanLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Respighi: Brazilian Impressions - 3. Song and DanceLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Respighi: Fountains of Rome - The Fountain of Valle Giulia (La fontana di Valle Giulia all'alba)Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Respighi: Fountains of Rome - The Triton Fountain (La fontana di Tritone al mattino)Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Respighi: Fountains of Rome - The Fountain of Trevi (La fontana di Trevi al meriggio)Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Respighi: Fountains of Rome - The Villa Medici Fountain (La fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto)Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Respighi: Pines of Rome - The Pines of Villa Borghese (I pini di Villa Borghese)Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Respighi: Pines of Rome - The Pines near a Catacomb (Pini presso una catacomba)Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Respighi: Pines of Rome - The Pines of the Janiculum (I pini del Gianicolo)Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Respighi: Pines of Rome - The Pines of the Appian Way (I pini della Via Appia)Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antal Dorati
  • Composer: Ottorino Respighi
  • Audio CD (September 12, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0000057KP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dorati's Respighi milestone May 12, 1999
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Dorati was always one of Respighi's biggest champions and it's too bad he didn't get around to recording more. This disk is a delight to have in Wilma Cozart's excellent rehab of her own original tapes.
While the other works are among the best recordings of them made, it's the Brazilian Impressions that excites the most. Like Milhaud, Respighi was astounded by his trip to Brazil and opened up a creative horizon for him that counteracted his serious, depressive illnesses. The Impressions indicate a direction that led to other triumphs like the great ballet "Queen of Sheba", the opera "Maria Egiziaca", the sublime orchestral "Metamorpheosen" that gives any great orchestra a workout like Bartok's Concerto.
If you have the old LPs, stick with them because there is an element of dynamic splendor somehow muted here. But if your LPs are to the point where there is more scratch than music, buy this disk and keep these old friends in your life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Joined even by the musical language and taste, Respighi develops a different estheticism respect to Ildebrand Pizzetti, more polished and mystic. The excessive instrumental decoration and affection for the dense color and, in the meantime, refined are derived directly substantially from Rimsky Korsakov and Richard Strauss, despite the generous discursiveness of the architectonic lines is very close to the great German musical tradition. Respighi is more inclined to naturalism and the return of the great orchestral masses with special emphasis in the search of new expressive elements based in the use of the color and the history or, in other words, in the preservation of the memory.

The Birds is a suite for reduced orchestra. Once more the pantheist gaze of this composer points out the influence of the Italian Neo classicism leaded by Casella. Five clavichordists fragments of the XVII inspired by the song of several birds (about pages of Pasquini, Phillipe Rameau and Jacques de Gallot and a British anonym ).It can feel the deliberated hedonistic avidity so typical of this Century as a clear response to the Rationalism Age: the triumph of the triviality over the reason empire.

Brazil has been always a radiant beacon in the febrile imagination of Europe: From Julio Verne to Alexander von Humboldt; from Darwin to Darius Milhaud, the search for the most essential sample of virginal nature has inflamed and nourished the ancestral landscapes of Europe: the wild Amazon river, the intricate, compact and dense jungles; the visible attraction for the mystery of unknown, touched the soul of Respighi composing a fabulous biographical sketch.

The fountains of Rome have in Toscanini a serious and hard to beat rival and the pines of Rome have found in Victor de Sabata.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONLY BIRDS May 19, 2011
By Padeen
Format:Audio CD
The excerpt here from the Cuckoo doesn't include the few notes that make this the only recording of The Birds to have. I recall that when I went out listening to buy one or another version, I was most interested then in the Dove, and chose this Dorati recording on the strength mostly of his interpretation of that. His was the most melancholy, tender, fragile and profound of all the recordings I heard then. Later I discovered that his is also the most lithe, strong and ecstatic Cuckoo; a complete contrast.
It seems people interpret Respighi's works wrongly, mostly; they try to make it big, grand, cinematic. Doing a latter-day browse here and now, the strongest impression given by the much adored Louis Lane Atlanta SO recording is that it sounds relentlessly American, as if composed and recorded as a Hollywood soundtrack. The sound is much too big; the rhythms are out of kilter, the music seemingly warped by a template that opens out every ornament into a separate note where none should be. The effect is heavy-handed rhythmically, and over-kitsch. In a similar unsubtle vein, an Orpheus Chamber Orchestra recording is much too emphatic and regimented, despite what has been said about it.
Dorati's is the only reading with the right balance of weight and delicacy, never sounding either rushed or over-milked. His reading is beautifully subtle in mood, light when needed without flippancy, sombre when needed without being overbearing.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Mercury's Living Presence series caused a sensation when introduced around 40 years ago but sounds dated in today's standard. Nevertheless, the pieces retain their original charm in CD format. "Butantan" sends a shiver down the spine as Living Presence accurately conveys a Brazilian snake venom research colony. Worth investigating for historic reasons alone
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3 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible sound December 18, 2001
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The sound on the Pini and Fontane is really a horrible experience. Gli ucelli, recorded in London has a much better sound and a better orchestra, at least I think so. Dorati is usually good and reliable and so he is here but Respighis music is actually not so much to write home about.
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