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Respighi: Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome; Ancient Airs and Dances; Brazilian Impressions


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Disc: 1
1. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1, arrangements (4) for orchestra, P. 109: 1. Balletto detto 'Il Conte Orlando'
2. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1, arrangements (4) for orchestra, P. 109: 2. Gagliarda
3. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1, arrangements (4) for orchestra, P. 109: 3. Villanella
4. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1, arrangements (4) for orchestra, P. 109: 4. Passo mezzo e Mascherada
5. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 2, arrangements (4) for orchestra, P. 138: 1. Laura soave: balletto con gagliarda, saltarello e canario
6. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 2, arrangements (4) for orchestra, P. 138: 2. Danza rustica
7. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 2, arrangements (4) for orchestra, P. 138: 3. Campanae parisienses: Aria
8. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 2, arrangements (4) for orchestra, P. 138: 4. Bergamasca
9. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3, arrangements (4) for strings, P. 172: 1. Italiana
10. Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3, arrangements (4) for strings, P. 172: 2. Arie di corte: (a) Andante cantabile
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Disc: 2
1. Gli uccelli (The Birds), suite for orchestra, P. 154: 1. Prelude
2. Gli uccelli (The Birds), suite for orchestra, P. 154: 2. La colomba
3. Gli uccelli (The Birds), suite for orchestra, P. 154: 3. La gallina
4. Gli uccelli (The Birds), suite for orchestra, P. 154: 4. L'usignolo
5. Gli uccelli (The Birds), suite for orchestra, P. 154: 5. Il cuccù
6. Impressione brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions), for orchestra, P. 153: 1. Notte tropicale
7. Impressione brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions), for orchestra, P. 153: 2. Butantan
8. Impressione brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions), for orchestra, P. 153: 3. Canzone e Danza
9. Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome), symphonic poem, P. 106: 1. La fontana di Valle Giulia all'alba
10. Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome), symphonic poem, P. 106: 2. La fontana di Tritone al mattino
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Antal Dorati
  • Composer: Respighi
  • Audio CD (March 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Newton Classics
  • ASIN: B004KDO2FC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Antal Doráti led three distinctive recordings of orchestral works by Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) with three different orchestras in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They were recorded on the fabled Mercury Label, known then as now for its wonderful recorded sound. These recordings have never been out of the catalog and deservedly so. Indeed, they are still available singly on Mercury CDs: Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Dances & Airs & Pines Fountains Birds. But this remastered twofer on the Newton Classics label, a newish outfit that is re-releasing many classic recordings from that and later eras in impeccable remasterings, is offered neatly packaged and at a bargain price. Can't go wrong here.

The 2CD set contains all three suites of Ancient Airs and Dances (the marvelous Second Suite is sometimes left out in other recordings), The Birds, the rarely heard Brazilian Impressions, and the Pines & Fountains of Rome. The total timing is 2hrs, 8mins. You really have to hear these CDs and gasp at how good the sound is in these fifty year old recordings.

As for the performances, they are marvelous. We hear the newly formed Philharmonic Hungarica for Ancient Airs and Dances, only a couple of years after this orchestra was founded by Hungarian musicians who fled their homeland after the Russian invasion of 1956. We hear the magnificent London Symphony Orchestra in The Birds and Impressioni brasiliane. And a surprisingly good Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (as it was then called) in The Fountains and Pines. I do prefer the even older Toscanini and Pines and Fountains, but that recording is ten or so years older and does sound its age nowadays.

Scott Morrison
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John J. Puccio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 18, 2013
While the performances and sound do vary somewhat in quality, with conductor Antal Dorati leading three different orchestras in three different recordings, it's hard to argue about the cost. When you're getting the second Dorati disc practically as a gift from Newton Classics, who can argue?

John J. Puccio
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By Gary Gillespie on September 13, 2014
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Dorati's recording is great, but I much prefer Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra's recording of these Respighi pieces.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on November 26, 2012
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Not many recordings of Vivaldi's Ancient Airs and Dances are available and as delightful as this one. It's very enjoyable.
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