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listen  1. Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome): I. La fontana di Valle Giulia all'albaOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome): II. La fontana del Tritone mattinoOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome): III. La fontana di Trevi al meriggioOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome): IV. La fontana di Villa Medici al tramontoOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 6:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome): I. I pini di Villa BorgheseOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome): II. Pini presso una catacombaOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 7:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome): III. I pini del GianicloOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 7:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome): IV. I pini di Via AppiaOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Il Tramonto (lyric poem for mezzo-soprano & string orchestra)Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano/Christine Rice15:53Album Only
listen10. Feste romane (Roman Festivals): I. CircensesOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Feste romane (Roman Festivals): II. Il GiubileoOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Feste romane (Roman Festivals): III. L'OttobrataOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 7:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Feste romane (Roman Festivals): IV. La BefanaOrchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Antonio Pappano 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000VSYHK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Currently Music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Antonio Pappano was born in London of Italian parents. At the age of 13 he moved with his family to the United States, where he continued his studies in piano, composition and conducting. Work as a repetiteur and assistant conductor rapidly led to his ... Read more in Amazon's Antonio Pappano Store

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Here is a real bonanza--80 minutes--of Respighiana, in a modern digital release covering the composer's peak period 1914-28 in an ideally representative programme that omits those pesky twittering birds and church windows from other compendia, and with a super bonus neatly sandwiched in as lagniappe. Memorable recordings of the Roman Trilogy--Toscanini cramped in Manhattan mono, Reiner legendarily opulent in Chicago, Dutoit showy and digital in Montreal--were all made in North America, but here Sir Antonio conducts the Santa Cecilia Orchestra (familiar from Decca's earliest complete opera sets) in Imperial Rome itself, with the orchestra that gave the world premieres of FOUNTAINS and PINES as well as the European premiere of FESTE. Pappano's accounts of the trilogy absolutely sparkle, with the same attention to nuance and orchestral detail Reiner lavished upon the works, and with the same widescreen color palette (and demonstration sound) that distinguished the Dutoit spectacular. These are sensitive and sensible performances, with the orchestra sounding far more professional and even inspired than in their Decca days.

Smart collectors must own the Reiner disc because it also includes his revelatory LA MER, so too the Dutoit for its elegant showmanship and really brilliant soundstage, but Pappano very smartly includes in the programme IL TRAMONTO, the 1914 Shelley song cycle directly inspired by Respighi's mentor Giuseppe Martucci's CANZONE DEI RICORDI. TRAMONTO is rapt, introspective, discreet and purely ravishing, making listeners rethink Respighi as a composer of substance beyond the postcard tone poems.
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This recording, made in 2007 in Italy, is the first for a long time to return to Respighi's home country. The orchestra under the attentive and perceptive guidance of Pappano delivers a performance of a quality to rank with the best of this trilogy. In addition it also includes a song cycle which inhabits a totally different scale of concept.

Many collectors will, like me, have got to know and love the Fountains and the Pines through the famous, and still spectacular, recording made by Reiner with the Chicago SO over 50 years ago and still sounding well. That recording captured the epic nature of the music, not least in the steady pacing of the last movement of the Pines. Nothing is more destructive to that piece than a tempo just too fast. This error can so easily turn the remorseless approach of the heavily marching Roman army into a a jolly jaunt and must be avoided at all costs. Pappano builds the tension at the correct speed and joins an impressive shortlist of those who know the importance of this. The others, apart from Reiner, include Muti, Gatti and Karajan. This list is not intended to be definitive, just good examples. Unfortunately neither Karajan or Reiner include the Roman Festivals as the third of the trilogy.

The Fountains was the first of the three to be performed and this was badly received. Toscanini, a friend of Respighi and great believer in the piece, asked to do the second performance and, not perhaps surprisingly, this had a very beneficial effect. One effect was an immediate offer of publication and Respighi was thus established. The Pines have always shared the musical limelight with the Fountains but the Roman Festivals have never been so popular.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 18, 2007
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Respighi was a flashy composer of evocative fluff and antiquarian tidbits who had the enormous good fortune to be boosted for decades by Toscanini. His driven, fierce readings of the Pini di Roma are classics for thrills and spills. Over the years nearly every major conductor has felt called upon to give us a showpiece recording of at least the Pines, if not the complete Roman Trilogy -- it becomes a trail to hear the whole hog. Reiner has a blockbuster with the CSO in Living Stereo that still stands up as all the Respighi anyone needs, unless you happen to be crazy for every;thing he wrote.

Pappano's new EMI recording is quite atmospheric and appealing. He takes a lighter approach than Reiner or Toscanini, clearly wanting us to be charmed rather than overwhelmed. It's also heartening that he uses an Italian orchestra; maybe EMI wants to remind native music lovers that they don't have to turn to outside orchestras for satisfying renditions of their own music. But the Santa Cecilia orchestra can't manage the virtuosity called for by the score, and quite often I thought they were jsut getting by. There's plenty of style and ommitment, though, and if you don't deamnd the Chicago Symphony's dazzling perfection, this is a fine recording on all counts. EMI's sonics seem rather confined to me, again no match for what RCA gave Reiner and the CSO.
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