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RESPIGHI ON FILM
A list compiled by Adriano
Following is a print-out of my 2002 database list of feature films, TV programs and DVDs on Respighi, or containing performances of his works. This list is surely incomplete, since quite a few more live telecasts must have been realised!
LEGENDS:
000 Number of Item and type of film ("Commercial" if available for sale)
01 Title
02 Director
03 Script
04 Performing Artists
05 Year of Production
06 Production
07 Length (Minutes)
08 Description of contents
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001 FEATURE FILM
01 Pini di Roma
02 Avanzo R.
03 Avanzo R.
04 ?
05 1932
06 Italy (feature)
07 20
08 A black-and-white visualisation of Respighi's tone poem, made during the
composer's lifetime. No print has been found so far.

002 FEATURE FILM
01 Pini di Roma
02 Avanzo R.?
03 Avanzo R.?
04 ?
05 1942
06 Italy (feature)
07 20
08 A remake of the earlier production, of which no print has been found

003 TV PROGRAM (COMMERCIAL VIDEO)
01 Concert of the NBC Symphony Orchestra
02 Browning K.
03 ?
04 Toscanini A.(cond.), NBC Symphony Orchestra
05 1952
06 USA, NBC (TV)
07 51
08 Telecast of a concert of March 22nd, 1952, in Carnegie Hall, featuring
Respighi's "Pini di Roma" and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
Reissued in 1990 on commercial laser disc and video cassette (see
discography).

004 FEATURE FILM
01 Fontane di Roma
02 Costa M.
03 Costa M.
04 Ferrero W.(cond.), Grande Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma
05 1953
06 Italy (feature)
07 18
08 A splendid back-and-white visualisation of Respighi's tone poem realised at
the original sites. A forerunner of today's classical music videos. Photography by
Claude Renoir (unmentioned).

005 TV PROGRAM
01 Ottorino Respighi
02 Miniussi S.
03 Miniussi S.
04 Various (some from LP recordings)
05 1979
06 RAI, Roma (TV)
07 60
08 A two-part TV portrait, produced by the Dipartimento Scuola Educazione at the
occasion of the Respighi centenary. Most musical examples are visualisations
of existing commercial recordings and some chamber works are performed by
(unmentioned) Bologna Conservatory students. Shows many original documents
and an interview with Elsa Respighi.

006 TV PROGRAM
01 Pini di Roma
02 Fujita K.
03 Dan I.
04 Matsumoto M.(sop.), Kano G.(pf.), Orchestra ? ?(cond.)
05 1979
06 Japan, Mai-nichi Braodcast (TV)
07 25
08 A stroll through the sites which inspired Respighi's tone poem, in the form
of a conversation by Japanese composer/conductor Ikuma Dan with soprano
Miwako Matsumoto. Contains also an interview with Elsa Respighi at her home,
where Matsumoto sings a few songs (playbacks of her DGG recording of 1979).

007 TV PROGRAM
01 Sommer in Rom
02 ?
03 ?
04 ?
05 1979
06 Germany, Telemondial (TV)?
07 ?
08 Telecast of a Roman open-air performance of Pini di Roma (?). Elsa Respighi
is sitting in the audience. No way of obtaining a tape copy of this
production, which was seen once by the author. No information available from
German TV archives.

008 TV PROGRAM
01 Quartetto dorico
02 Darvas J.
03 ?
04 Cherubini-Quartett
05 1980
06 Germany, WDR, Köln (TV)
07 24
08 A TV studio performance of Respighi's quartet.

009 TV PROGRAM
01 Respighi, a dream of Italy
02 Nupen C.
03 Nupen C. and Nupen M.
04 Gál Z. (sop.), Falk C. (ms.), Sommer R. (vlc.), Ashkenazy V. (pf./cond.), The
Swedish Radio Orchestra
05 1982
06 UK, Allegro Films, London (TV)
07 90
08 An excellently documented TV portrait, in which excerpts of 11 works by
Respighi are seen performed and are visualized (Pini di Roma also in
connection with Fascist buildings). Available in various languages.

010 TV PROGRAM (COMMERCIAL VIDEO)
01 Renata Scotto, Prima Donna in Recital
02 Sugi N.
03 ?
04 Renata Scotto (sop.), Thomas Fulton (pf.)
05 1985
06 Japan/USA, VAI/Laufil/NHK TV (US/JN)
07 99
08 A recital of Renata Scotto, recorded in NHK Auditorium, Tokyo (Japan), on
September 2, 1984. Arias and songs by Handel, Scharlatti, Rossini, Verdi,
Liszt, Puccini, Mascagni and Respighi (Songs "Soupir" and "Au milieu du
jardin").

011 TV PROGRAM
01 Concerto per un giorno d'estate
02 Porpora de' Medici E.
03 ?
04 Salonen E. (cond.), Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Roma
05 1986
06 Italy, RAI, Roma (TV)
07 30
08 Telecast of a live performance of Pini di Roma from Piazza di Spagna, at the
occasion of the 50th anniversary of Respighi's death. Interviews with Ernesto
Talentino and composer Jan Meyerowitz (a former pupil of Respighi) at the
Biblioteca Respighi (Fondazione Cini) in Venice. A program presented by
Walter Maestosi.

012 TV PROGRAM
01 Sonderkonzert des Rundfunkorchesters Hannover des NDR
02 Bock G.
03 ?
04 Ceccato A.(cond.), Rundfunkorchester Hannover des NDR
05 1988
06 Germany, NDR, Hannover (TV)
07 65
08 Telecast of a concert in favour of the "Musician's International Mutual Aid
Fund" of 1988-02-20. Program: "Fontane di Roma", three concert arias by
Mozart (Simon Estes, bass) and Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite". Broadcast of
1988-04-08 (NDR III); telecast of 1989-05-07(ARD).

013 TV PROGRAM (COMMERCIAL VIDEO)
01 Pavarotti and Levine in Recital
02 Large B.
03 ?
04 Pavarotti L.(ten.), Levine J.(pf.)
05 1990
06 USA, Metropolitan Opera Ass.
07 72
08 A recital at the MET of 1988, including Respighi's three "bad weather" songs
Nebbie, Nevicata and Pioggia. Issued on laser disc and video cassette (see
discography). Exact performance date missing.

014 DVD (COMMERCIAL)
01 Dream Suite I
02 Rambo, A.
03 ?
04 Jackson D. (cond.), London P.O.
05 1999
06 USA, 5.1 Entertainment
07 50
08 DTS (DVD-Video) and DVD-Audio (Label: Silverline, Cat. Nr. 86002-9)
Nocturne from La boutique fantasque, visualised by artistic still photos of
nature subjects (options: Forest, Flowers, Fire). Couplings: Other orchestra
miniatures.

015 DVD (COMMERCIAL)
01 Ottorino Respighi: Chamber Works
02 Scalfi M.
03 ?
04 Palumbo M.(pf.)
05 2001
06 Italy, Rhona Classics
07 45
08 DVD (Label: Rhona Classics: Catalgue number: VCR 10005)
Pianist Palumbo playing three youthful piano works by Respighi: 1.Prelude
(Bb minor) 2.Sonata (A minor) 3.Suite (G major). Locales: Conservatorio
Rossini and its Library, Bologna and Casa Verdi, Milano (Italy). Introductory
speech by the artist.

016 DVD (COMMERCIAL)
01 Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome
02 Keller H.
03 ?
04 Macal Z. (cond.), New Jersey SO.
05 2001
06 USA, AIX Media Group
07 70
08 DTS (DVD-Video) and DVD-Audio (Cat. Nr. AIX 80006)
Studio (non-live) Concert Recording with extra features as Introduction, Composer's and
Artist's Biographies, Commentary tracks etc. Couplings: BEETHOVEN, Symphony
No.6 "Pastorale".

017 DVD (COMMERCIAL)
01 Ottorino Respighi: Unpublished Chamber Works
02 Scalfi M.
03 ?
04 Palumbo M.(pf.), Baraldi R.(vl.), Nuovo Quartetto Modigliani
05 2001
06 Italy, Rhona Classics
07 79
08 DVD (Label: Rhona Classics, Catalogue number: VRC 20005)
Filmic visualisations of works, published on CD by Nuova Era in 1993:
1.Sonata (D minor) for Violin & Piano 2.Quintet (F minor) for Piano and
Strings 3.Andante (F minor) 4.Sonata (F minor) 5.Allegro da Concerto
6.Prelude (D minor) 7.Prelude (Bb minor) for Piano. Locales: Conservatorio
Rossini and its Library, Bologna and Casa Verdi, Milano (Italy). Introductory
speech by the artist.

Copyright 2002 by Adriano, Zürich

 

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