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Respighi: Fontane di Roma, Pini di Roma, etc / Karajan

Karajan , Berlin Philharmonic Orch. Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Respighi: Fountains Of Rome - 1. The Valle Giulia Fountain At Daybreak (La fontana de Valle Giulia à l'alba)Berliner Philharmoniker 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Respighi: Fountains Of Rome - 2. The Triton Fountain In The Morning (La Fontana del Tritone al mattino)Berliner Philharmoniker 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Respighi: Fountains Of Rome - 3. The Trevi Fountain At Midday (La Fontana di Trevi al meriggio)Berliner Philharmoniker 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Respighi: Fountains Of Rome - 4. The Villa Medici Fountain At Sunset (La Fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto)Berliner Philharmoniker 5:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Respighi: Pines Of Rome - The Pines Of Villa Borghese (I pini di Villa Borghese)Berliner Philharmoniker 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Respighi: Pines Of Rome - The Pines Near A Catacomb (Pini presso una catacomba)Berliner Philharmoniker 6:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Respighi: Pines Of Rome - The Pines Of The Janiculum (I pini del Gianicolo)Berliner Philharmoniker 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Respighi: Pines Of Rome - The Pines Of The Appian Way (I pini della Via Appia)Berliner Philharmoniker 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Respighi: Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite III - 1. Italiana. AndantinoBerliner Philharmoniker 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Respighi: Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite III - 2. Arie di corte. Andante cantabile-Allegretto-Vivace-Lento con grande espressione-Allegro vivace-Vivacis- simo-Andante cantabileBerliner Philharmoniker 8:23Album Only
listen11. Respighi: Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite III - 3. Siciliana. AndantinoBerliner Philharmoniker 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Respighi: Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite III - 4. Passacaglia. Maestoso - VivaceBerliner Philharmoniker 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Boccherini: Quintettino Op.30, No.6, La musica notturna della strade di Madr. - 1. IntroduzioneBerliner Philharmoniker0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Boccherini: Quintettino Op.30, No.6, La musica notturna della strade di Madr. - 2. MinuettoBerliner Philharmoniker 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Boccherini: Quintettino Op.30, No.6, La musica notturna della strade di Madr. - 3. Largo assai, senza rigor di BattutaBerliner Philharmoniker 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Boccherini: Quintettino Op.30, No.6, La musica notturna della strade di Madr. - 4. PassacalleBerliner Philharmoniker 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Boccherini: Quintettino op.30, No.6, La musica notturna della strade di Madr. - 5. RitirataBerliner Philharmoniker 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Albinoni: Adagio For Strings And Organ In G MinorBerliner Philharmoniker10:08Album Only


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GX5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best I've Ever Heard! November 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I would have to say that "Pines of Rome" is one of, if not my favorite orchestral peices ever composed! I happened to come by this recording by Karajan by accident, and i've never regretted it since. It is, by far, the best recording I have heard of Resphighi's masterpeice to date. There is a depth to the sonority of the sound that is not heard in many other recordings, and as always, Karajan seems to know exactly what the composer had envisioned the peice[s] to sound like. The tempos, dynamics, and overall interpretation of the peices seem to be perfect in execution. Combine that with the masterfull playing and technique of the world-class ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, and you have a combination of pure perfection. I also liked the "Fountains of Rome" recording of this CD, it being of the same high quality and sound as "Pines". My only qualms with this recording is the amount of ambient noises that can be heard throughout the recording. Whether it be what sounds like a dropped bow by a string player, or a chair being moved, or a floorboard creaking, these sounds can clearly be heard. HOWEVER, one soon forgets these minor inconveniences once the orchestra starts to play the peices, and the greatness of the technique and sound can be heard (combined with the melodious genius of Respighi). This is a definite must have for all Respighi fans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! February 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I love the Pines of Rome and find this version to be the next best after my other benchmark, Reiner's interpretation with the Chicago Symphony in the 60's. Too many conductors feel the need for excessive speed in the opening of this piece, causing it to feel hurried and rushed rather than triumphant. Karjan and Reiner are able to reign in this tendency. The playing is immaculate as well. This is an essential recording of this piece. Buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Compilation April 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If I could choose the 10 best classical albums, this would be one of them. The Boccherini is probably the best part, and sections of it were used in several movies, including Sherlock Holmes: The Case of The Silk Stocking and Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World. The quality of the recording is crystal clear, creating the most enjoyable listening experience. It finishes off with Albinoni and the fabulous Adagio in G Minor, featuring Wolfgang Meyer on the organ. All in all, it's a very nice album, and a joy to listen to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This disc, mercifully well recorded in the 1970s, at last brings a performance that can stand comparison with the famous one made by Reiner and the CPO in about 1960 and now available in fine SACD format. I refer to the two Roman pieces which are the real meat of this disc. The remaining items are not really in the same class of epic inspiration but are still played here as well as can be imagined.

The key defining moment in the Pines and Festivals is the last movement of the Pines. It is crucial that the correct tempo is chosen. This should represent the might of the Roman army marching from a far distance, hazy effects vital here, and probably coming from Egypt (indicative cor anglais solo). From there the piece is all about overlapping swathes of sound building up remorselessly over a steady marching beat. The steady beat is crucial (bass drum). Too fast and it becomes a jolly romp home. Too much detail on the beat within the beat and the same damage is done. Very few conductors can resist the urge for volume and speed for this ending and consequently lessen the impact disastrously. Reiner does it best. Karajan is in the same class though and has the advantage of newer recording. Muti and Pappano are among the others who are most successful with this piece and refuse to hurry.

There are, of course, many other key points but none so crucial as the ending. Recorded nightingales are generally well done and so is the distant solo trumpet heard earlier. Karajan is playing to his strengths on this disc. The BPO are pretty well a dream team with this sort of drilled precision and mellifluous playing. That combination is what makes this a fine Roman pairing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Respighi January 9, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love Respighi's music on this CD - the Pines of Rome & the Fountains of Rome. A beautiful, evocative and powerful modern take on classical music, my only problem with this CD is the inclusion of some true "Classical" pieces on the same disc. I suppose it is an interesting study to hear the similarities between Resphigi and Boccarini but I would rather have more Resphigi included since I much prefer his modern sound - I suppose the editor assumes if I like Respihgi I must like old music too? If I want to do a study of musical comparisons I would rather borrow the old masters from the library and then decide if I would like to buy the same. Still, no regrets on getting the "Pines & Fountains" - a must-have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost somethign in translation August 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have the original recording on vinyl and the Pines of the Appian Way remix/tranfer disappointed me; the horns near the end seemed a little muted. Otherwise, it's the best recording I've heard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Karajan April 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Karajan, by far, next to Bernstein is one of the great conductors and his style shimmers through Respighi's beautiful fountains.

This recording is the best by far.
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Published 1 month ago by Susan Rigby
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Respighi's Pines and Fountains have been well served by many recordings. They span classic accounts from Reiner and Toscanini to more modern recordings by Gatti, Maazel, Muti,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Buxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking the Line
"Your Eminence, do you think this is wise?"

BANG - BANG - BANG - the prisoners in the nearby mess-hall were smashing their iron-cups against the tables. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
4.0 out of 5 stars A mistake.
Bought this CD primarily for the track of Boccherini's Passacalle. This track is a delight, but I should have bought the MP3. Read more
Published on February 23, 2011 by Al Schober
4.0 out of 5 stars just what I ordered
I wanted a specific Boccherini piece! I typed it into an Amazon search and this recording came up. Ordered and received just what I wanted! :) :) :) Good sound quaity. Read more
Published on August 30, 2008 by Myanday
5.0 out of 5 stars A famous Karajan showpiece, filled out with lush extras
This brilliant showpiece CD brings together two separate LPs, the Pines and Fountains of Rome from 1978, the Ancient airs and Dances, along with the Albinoni and Boccherini form... Read more
Published on February 18, 2008 by Santa Fe Listener
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Measured?
Overall a superior recording. I have to agree that the tempo in a bit sluggish on the Pines of Rome, especially the fourth section, the Via Appia. Read more
Published on October 6, 2007 by Braunsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing Visions of Rome
I decided to purchase this particular CD because I did not have these compositions in my collection. Read more
Published on February 1, 2007 by Joan C. Englander
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