Ottorino Respighi


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Ottorino Respighi - Recommended Recordings

A personal list of recommended recordings to introduce the music of Respighi compiled by Ian Lace

First, three compilations in bargain 2CD format - useful introductions to the music of Respighi. They are:
Belfagor Overture
Pines of Rome
Fountains of Rome
The Birds
Three Botticelli Pictures
Ancient Airs and Dances
Orchestras conducted by Lamberto Gardelli and Neville Marriner
EMI Classics 5 69358 2

The Essential Respighi
The Fountains of Rome
The Pines of Rome
Roman Festivals
Ancient Airs and Dances
Three Botticelli Pictures
The Birds
Various conductors including Ansermet, Dutoit and Maazel/various orchestras
Decca 443 759-2DF2

Fountains of Rome*
Pines of Rome*
Roman Festivals*
Three Botticelli Pictures Æ
The BirdsÆ
Ancient Airs and DancesÆ
*C.Rizzi/London Philharmonic Orchestra. Æ H. Wolff  St Paul Chamber Orchestra
Teldec Ultima 0630-18970-2


The Roman Trilogy of Tone Poems:
Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome) ((1914-16)
Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome) (1924)
Feste Romana (Roman Festivals) (1928)

Daniele Gatti/Orchestra Dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome
Conifer 75605 51292 2

and at super budget price:-

Enrique Bátiz/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Naxos 8.550539

Plus the historical recording by
Toscanini/NBC Symphony Orchestra
RCA GD 60262
(plus Toscanini conducting Feste Romana only [coupled with works by Debussy]
with the Philadelphia Orchestra RCA GD60311)

and the historical recording of the Pines of Rome only (recorded in 1947) [with works by Debussy] by Victor de Sabata/Orchestra Stabile Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome
Testament SBT 1108

Brass arrangement:
Arrangements for brass instruments by Peter LAWRENCE (b.1965)

Fountains of Rome (1916) [15:19]
Pines of Rome (1924) [20:02]
Roman Festivals. (1929) [21:19]
Junge Deutsche Blechbläsersolisten/Walter Hilgers
rec. Stadhalle, Marbach, February 2002
GENUIN GMP 020107-1 [58:55] Review

La Boutique Fantasque (ballet music arrangements of music by Rossini) (1919)
Cinq Études-Tableaux (arrangements of music by Rachmaninov) (1931)
Jesús López-Cobos/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Telarc CD-80396

Rossiniana (arrangements of music by Rossini) (1925)*
Pines of RomeÆ
Fountains of RomeÆ
*Antal Dorati/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
ÆCharles Munch/New Philharmonia Orchestra
Decca Phase 4 444 106-2LPF
Vanguard Classics 08 9001 71

Ancient Airs and Dances Suites 1-3 (1917, 1924 and 1932)
Trittico botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures) (1927)
Jesús López-Cobos/Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Telarc CD-80309

and at super budget price -

Ancient Airs and Dances Suites 1-3
Rico Saccani/National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Naxos 8.553546

Gli uccelli (The Birds) (1927)
Ancient Airs and Dances (Suites 1 and 3 only)
Trittico botticelliano
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (no conductor)
DG 437 533-2GH

Brazilian Impressions (1928)
Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows) (1925)
Roman Festivals
Jesús López-Cobos/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Telarc CD80356

Sinfonia drammatica (1913-14)
Sir Edward Downes/BBC Philharmonic
Chandos CHAN 9213

Concerto gregoriano (1921)
Poeme autumnale (1920-25)
(with Saint Saëns Violin Concerto in B minor)
Pierre Amoyal (vn) Dutoit/French Natioal Orchestra
Decca 443 324-2DH

Belfagor Overture (1925)
Toccata for piano and orchestra (1928)
Tre corali
Fanatasia slava for piano and orchestra (c1902)
Tozer (pn)/Downes/BBC Philharmonic
Chandos CHAN 9311

Piano Concerto in A Minor (1902)
Concerto in modo misolidio for piano and orchestra (1925)
Tozer (pn)/Downes/BBC Philharmonic
Chandos CHAN 9285

and at super budget price -

Piano Concerto in A Minor
Toccata (1928)
Fantasia slava
Scherbakov (pn)/Griffiths/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Naxos 8.553207

Belkis, Queen of Sheba (Orchestral Suite) (1932)
Metamorphosen - theme and variations (1929-30)
Chandos CHAN 8405

Ballada di gnomidi (The Ballad of the Gnomes) (1918-20)
Adagio with variations for Cello and Orchestra (1920)
Trittico botticelliano
Suite in G Major for strings and organ (1902-05)
Pearson (organ)/Simon/ Philharmonia
Cala CACD 1007

Sonata in E minor for violin and strings
Chaconne in G minor for violin and strings
"Pastorale" in A major for violin and strings
Suite in G major for strings and organ
(with works by Saint- Saëns)
Michael Erxleben/Neues Berliner Kammerorchester
Capriccio 10 563

Suite in E major (c1901)
Burlesca (1906)
Variazioni sinfoniche (1900)
Ouverture carnevalesca (1913)
Preludio, Corale e Fuga (1901)
    Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Marco Polo 8.223348

Le astuzie di Colombina (1920)
Sèvres de la vieille France (1920)
Le pentola magica (1920)
Adriano/Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Marco Polo 8.223346

(note the choices given below are the only Respighi operas currently available in the catalogues; those marked Æ will be coming onto the market soon - others will be added to this list as they appear)

ÆLa Fiamma
Takáks/Sólyom-Nagy/Kelen/Tokody and others
Hungarian Radio and TV Chorus
Gardelli/Hungarian State Orchestra
Hungaroton HCD 12591-93

Semirâma (1910)
Gardelli/Hungarian State Opera
Hungaroton HCD 31197-98

Belfagor (1923)
Gardelli/Hungarian Radio & Television Chorus/Hungarian State Orchestra
Hungaroton HCD 12850-51

La bella dormente nel bosco (The Sleeping Beauty) (1934)
Adriano/Slovak Philharmonic Chorus/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Marco Polo 8.223742

Lucrezia (1936)
Adriano/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Marco Polo 8.223717

Orfeo (Monteverdi orchestrated by Respighi) (1934-35)
Herbert Handt/Orchestra da Camera Lucchese
Claves CD 50-9419

Other Vocal Works with Orchestra

La Primavera (Spring) (1922)
(Lyric Poem for soli, chorus and orchestra)
Quattro liriche su poesie popolari armene (1921)
(Arrangement for chamber orchestra by Adriano)
Adriano/Slovak Philharmonic Chorus/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Marco Polo 8.223595

Aretusa (1910)
Lauda per la Natività del Signore (1928-30)
Il Tramonto (1914)
Trittico botticelliano
Dame Janet Baker/Hickox/City of London Sinfonia/The Richard Hickox Singers
Collins 13492

La Sensitiva (1914)
Nebbie (1906)
Deità silvane (1917 rev. 1925)
Finnie/Attrot/Hickox/BBC Philharmonic
Chandos CHAN 9453

La Sensitiva
Il Tramonto (string orchestra version by Adriano)
Quattro Liriche dal Poema paradisiaco di Gabriele d'Annunzio
(Arrangement for harp, keyboard and strings by Adriano)
Subrata/Adriano/Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Marco Polo 8.223347

Voices with instrumental or chamber ensemble accompaniment

Il Tramonto
Ten Songs: The Five Deità silvane Songs plus: Ballata, Storia breve, Pioggia, L'ultima ebbrezza, Luce
Quartetto dorico (1923)
Renata Scotto/Thomas Fulton (pn)/Tokyo String Quartet/Arcata String Quartet
Vox Classics VOX 7201

Complete Songs for voice and piano Vol 1
25 Songs including Ballata, Stornello, Tanto bella, L'ultima ebbrezza, Luce, Notturno, Su una violetta morta, Piccola mano bianca and the five Deità silvane songs.
Leonardo di Lisi (ten) Reinild Mees (pn)
Channel Classics CCS 9396

Notturno, Storia Breve, Tanto bella, Lagrime, L'ultima ebbrezza, Luce
and other songs by Bellini, Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti and Wolf-Ferrari
Rebecca Evans (sop) Michael Pollock (pn)
EMI Classics Debut 5 69706 2

Complete chamber songs Vol. I (including Il Tramonto)
Lucio Gallo (bar) and Erik Battaglia (pn)
Oesterreichisches Streichquartett
Fonit Cetra NFCD 2031

Eleven posthoumous songs by Ottorino Respighi and Nine Songs by Elsa Respighi
Tiziana Cisternino, (sop); Massimo Palumbo (pn)
Nuova Era 7182

Chamber and Instrumental Music

Adagio con variazioni for cello and piano (with works by Martucci) (1921)
Arturo Bonucci (cel)/Pietro Spada (pn)
Arts 47137-2

Cinque pezzi (Five Pieces) for violin and piano
Sei pezzi (Six Pieces) for violin and piano
with works by Martucci
Rudolfo Bonucci (vn)/Pietro Spada (pn)
Arts 47138-2

Compositions for Piano
Tre preludi/ 6 pezzi/6 piccoli pezzi (four handed piano)
Rudolf am Bach
Adriano Productions ADR D10 (obtainable from address at the foot of this list)

Piano Music
Ancient airs and Dances/Six Pieces for Solo Piano
Sonata in F minor
Konstantin Scherbakov
Naxos 8.553704

Allegro da concerto (1896)
2 Melodie (1896)
Prelude in B flat minor (1898)
Preludio in D minor (unpub)
Sonata for Piano in F minor (1897-8) (unpub)
Sonata for Piano in A minor ((1895-96) (unpub)
Suite No 1 in G - piano (1898) (unpub)
Sonata No. 2 - piano (1903) (preludio only survives:unpub)
M. Palumbo (piano)
Nuova Era 7156

A complete Respighi Discography (including Bibliography and Filmography) is available price:
(including postage and packing) $16 (£9) from:-
Adriano Productions, P.O. Box 5255, CH-8022 Zürich/Switzerland.
Telephone/Fax ++41 (0) 1 202 67 75

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