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  • Respighi: Pini di Roma ("Pines of Rome"), Fontane di Roma ("Fountains of Rome"), Gli Uccelli ("The Birds")
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Respighi: Pini di Roma ("Pines of Rome"), Fontane di Roma ("Fountains of Rome"), Gli Uccelli ("The Birds")


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  • Performer: Ottorino Respighi, Edo de Waart, San Francisco Symphony
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000E2PJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mangiafrani on October 15, 2009
This is one of those hidden gems that comes along rarely. Edo DeWaart is not a house hold name and should be. Not since Toscanini and Reiner has there been a terrific performance of the Pines. Careful detail is expertly realized by Mr. DeWaart. And the forte's are not to be believed. Wow! The San Fransico Orchestra is up to the task. The final movement will knock your socks off. The tympanist has a field day. DeWaart get's it right. I own 20 recordings of the Pines and this is at the top. The Philips sound is surperb. Get this. Play this!
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on August 11, 2003
To depict Rome is an interesting task. This aim classifies this music in the impressionistic tradition : to create an atmosphere that evokes a place, a vision, and behind it all, some older references. Very dark catacombs, brilliant birds, the glory and power of the Roman Empire, the delicacy of dawn or dusk on Roman fountains, the frenzy of the Triton, etc. But this music is more important than that. It also represents a transitory period in the history of western music, particularly of Italian music. To go beyond the brilliance turned recipe of the opera and to integrate the impressionistic trend so clearly represented by French composers, but also the expressive and descriptive current largely represented by the Russians or more generally by the Slavs. Even deeper Respighi, like d'Annunzio, tries to find old roots on which to build the new power of Italy. He will thus rediscover Monteverdi and many others and will develop a symphonic music for this new Italy led by Mussolini. That has little to do with fascism but it has a lot to do with a newly united nation that wants to conquer a position in the world. So Rome has to be the head of it, and old traditions from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance have to be the heart of it. That sounds at times eclectic but it gives a variety that can interest all Italians. We must also note that the inspiration of this music may come from the whole of Europe and thus it may try to take a universal dimension.Read more ›
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