Respighi: Church Windows; Brazilian Impressions; Rossiniana

Respighi: Church Windows; Brazilian Impressions; Rossiniana

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by JoAnn Falletta
     
 

Italian composer Ottorino Respighi's name is almost synonymous with his wildly popular set of three orchestral suites referred to collectively as the Roman Trilogy. Regrettably, many of his numerous other orchestral compositions are rarely heard in the concert hall and are infrequently recorded. Naxos does listeners a great service by demonstrating the value of… See more details below

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Italian composer Ottorino Respighi's name is almost synonymous with his wildly popular set of three orchestral suites referred to collectively as the Roman Trilogy. Regrettably, many of his numerous other orchestral compositions are rarely heard in the concert hall and are infrequently recorded. Naxos does listeners a great service by demonstrating the value of Respighi's other masterful orchestral works to listeners. "Church Windows," probably the most recognizable work outside of the "Roman Trilogy," was brought about through Respighi's interest in the use of modes in Gregorian chant. Interestingly, the titles and descriptions of these four movements were written after the music was completed. The effortless transition between the heavy, earnestness of "Church Windows" and the light, relaxed, folksy feel of "Brazilian Impressions" is a testament to Respighi's far-reaching versatility. Wrapping up the program is "Rossiniana," an orchestral suite lifted from an earlier piano composition. Although containing Rossini's name, the composition is not based on the opera composer's works, but rather the sensibilities and characteristics found in Rossini's music. Performing all of these works is the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta. Overall, their efforts are quite solid. There are some occasional ensemble difficulties, particularly in the sometimes unwieldy brass section of "Church Windows," when all of the rhythms across the orchestra are not completely lined up. However, intonation and sound quality are both quite good, and Falletta does a satisfactory job of capturing the varying characters of the three compositions.

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Editorial Reviews

BBC Music Magazine - Terry Blain
[A] valuable new CD of three neglected scores.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313271122
catalogNumber:
8557711
Rank:
4872

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Tracks

  1. Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows), 4 impressions for orchestra, P. 150  - Ottorino Respighi  -  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra  - JoAnn Falletta
  2. Impressione brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions), for orchestra, P. 153  - Ottorino Respighi  -  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra  - JoAnn Falletta
  3. Rossiniana, original music by Rossini arranged for orchestra, P. 148  - Ottorino Respighi  -  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra  - JoAnn Falletta

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