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Pines of Rome/Feste Romana/Maazel [Original recording remastered]

The Cleveland Orchestra Audio CD

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1. Feste romane: Circenses - Circuses
2. Feste romane: Il giubileo - Jubilee
3. Feste romane: L'ottobrata - October festival
4. Feste romane: La Befana - Epiphany
5. PINI DI ROMA: I pini di Villa Borghese - At the Villa Borghese
6. PINI DI ROMA: Pini presso una catacomba - By a catacomb
7. PINI DI ROMA: I pini del Gianicolo - On the Janiculum
8. PINI DI ROMA: I pini della Via Appia - On the Appian Way
9. Suite from 'Le Coq d'or': King Dodon in his palace - Le tsar Dodon chez lui
10. Suite from 'Le Coq d'or': King Dodon on the battlefield - Le tsar Dodon en campagn
11. Suite from 'Le Coq d'or': King Dodon with the Queen of Shemakha - Le tsar Dodon chez la reine
12. Suite from 'Le Coq d'or': The marriage feast and lamentable end of King Dodon - La Noce et la fin pitoyable de Dodon

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More sonic blockbusters from the Decca vaults. Both the Respighi tone poems in particular receive stunningly realistic and wide-ranging treatment from the recording engineers, while the Clevelanders respond with jaw-dropping discipline and sophistication. In Feste romane, Maazel uncovers more ear-burning detail within Respighi's kaleidoscopic orchestral canvas than any other rival (listening with the miniature score to hand is nothing short of a revelation). The results are intensely refreshing, if perhaps just a little heartless. Similarly, Pines of Rome brings another giddily assured display, aptly overwhelming in its sense of all-engulfing spectacle, yet ravishingly beautiful too in the fragrant third section (at the close of which Respighi magically incorporates the sound of a genuine nightingale). The luxuriant sheen of the Cleveland strings both here and in the gorgeous third movement of the orchestral suite from Rimsky-Korsakov's final opera The Golden Cockerel remains a thing of wonder, as are the breathtaking co-ordination and bite these artists bring to King Dodon's demise in the closing tableau. Elsewhere, Maazel wrings every drop of "once upon a time" wonder from Rimsky's fantastical inspiration, and Decca's 1979 sound is fabulously rich and glowing to match. --Andrew Achenbach

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why people rave about the Cleveland Orchestra 12 Sep 2003
By Bruce Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Heavens, what a sonic spectacular this is -- arguably the finest version of the gaudy "Feste Romane" ever recorded, and the mid-1970's sound needs no defense. Maazel just whips up a huge explosion of color, energy and detail, and the great Cleveland Orchestra shows why many discriminating listeners think this is one of the best ensembles in the world.
The "Pines" is also superb, even if it perhaps faces stiffer competition with so many other excellent versions available. But Maazel's pacing, coupled with the Cleveland musicians out in full force, makes this a contender for many "top" lists. I confess that the Rimsky-Korsakov suite, imaginative as it is, somehow hasn't hooked me as immediately as the Respighi works. But in any case, it is delivered with the same high-level playing, and Maazel deserves credit for reproducing the score's full spectrum.
While I like versions of "Pines" and "Feste" by Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra (EMI) and a budget version on Naxos with Batiz and the Royal Philharmonic, the overwhelming impact of this recording is hard to resist.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Sonics and Inspired Performance 9 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Looking for an outstanding performance of the The Pines of Rome, look no further. The Cleveland Orchestra and its outstanding brass section breathe life into this Orchestral showpiece. In addition, the transfer to CD preserves the incredible sonics of the original Decca analog recording.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sort of yes but... 24 July 2007
By Mr. Ian George Fraser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed reading some of the previous reviews. "Respighi was not a particularly nationalist composer" The Pines of ROME, The Fountains of ROME, ROMAN Festivals???! You really can't get very much more obvious.
Respighi is a very interesting composer. Largely shunned by the cultural establishment in Europe during the post WWII period as a fascist collaborator and militarist, his work has remained stubbornly popular. He was in a tough spot. The good bit about Mussolini was that he revived pride in Italy's noble past and it's really hard not to listen to the final piece of "Pines of Rome" with the ghosts of the Roman Legion marching over the horizon along the Appian Way, not to warm to that. The fact that the Imperial Period was also a period of extreme cruelty, gross social inequality and brutal militarism, well, let's leave that for a bit. For me the most interesting of the three pieces, and certainly the most musically experimental, is the Feste Romane (Roman Festivals). These are the pieces composed most expressly at the wishes of the then Italian government and the comparison with Shostakovich writing under Stalinism is very obvious. I think there's enough in them to suggest that, deeply patriotic as Respighi clearly was, he did not accept that nationalism meant a descent into barbarism and these, for me at any rate, contain starkly realistic musical depictions of some fairly barbaric "festivals". Also, perhaps more strangely, there is a strong Christian/ Medieval element, notably in the meditative and processional second movement, "Jubilee". Not a good title I feel. At the end of the day it's a close call. You will, however, enjoy both these pieces and the top-notch performances, superbly remastered, by Maazel and the Cleveland Orchestra, who clearly have no ideological scruples.
My only really serious complaint is that the recording does not include the glistening "Fountains of Rome" instead of the rather underwhelming "Golden Cockerel" Suite by Rimsky-Korsakov. Ach weh das leben ist nie perfekt.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Respighi 2 May 2010
By John F. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As others have noted, the standout portion of this CD is the "feste romaine," which Maazel delivers with (in my experience) unsurpassed nuance and power. This is the kind of playing Lenny Bernstein aspired to on his best days. Maazel's "Pines" is also quite good, although I have to say I still prefer Riccardo Muti's recording of Pines with Philadelphia. The sound quality of this recording is very good.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Recording 25 Sep 2002
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wanting a great recording of Pines of Rome, I surveyed the offerings and many suggested this is the best.
Have not heard the rest, but this is superb! It offers four movements orchestrating Roman settings where pines flourish. One in the midday sun, the next in twilight, the third of a nocturne nature introduces a nightingale as a nice touch. The finale, a Roman army triumphantly marching with a ominous conclusion.
The conductor and orchestra exemplify the balances providing great texture and clarity. The recording as others have noted from Decca is outstanding.
Enjoy the Rimsky-Korsakov offering with its exotic Oriental coloring in The Golden Cockerel. It has some wonderful offerings.
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