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Respighi: The Birds; 3 Boticelli Pictures; Il Tramonto [CD]

Ottorino Respighi , Tams Vsry , Linda Finnie , Bournemouth Sinfonietta Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: Tams Vsry
  • Composer: Ottorino Respighi
  • Audio CD (18 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000AM1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Gli uccelli (The Birds), P. 154: I. PreludioBournemouth Sinfonietta 2:540.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gli uccelli (The Birds), P. 154: II. La ColombaBournemouth Sinfonietta 4:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gli uccelli (The Birds), P. 154: III. La GallinaBournemouth Sinfonietta 2:480.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gli uccelli (The Birds), P. 154: IV. L'UsignuoloBournemouth Sinfonietta 4:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gli uccelli (The Birds), P. 154: V. Il CucuBournemouth Sinfonietta 4:200.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Il tramonto, P. 101Linda Finnie15:50Album Only
Listen  7. Adagio con variazioni, P. 133Raphael Wallfisch10:28Album Only
Listen  8. Trittico botticelliano, P. 151: I. La primaveraBournemouth Sinfonietta 5:320.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Trittico botticelliano, P. 151: II. L'adorazione dei MagiBournemouth Sinfonietta 8:37Album Only
Listen10. Trittico botticelliano, P. 151: III. La nascita di VenereBournemouth Sinfonietta 4:340.59  Buy MP3 

Product Description

OTTORINO RESPIGHI (1879-1936) Gli Uccelli (1927) 19:42 Suite for small orchestra Suite fur kleines Orchester; Suite pour petit ensemble d'instruments I Preludio 2:53 II La Colomba 4:45 III La Gallina 2:46 IV L'Usignuolo 4:58 V IlCucu 4:14 II tramonto (1918) 15:44 Lyrical poem for mezzo-soprano and string orchestra Lyrisches Gedicht fur Mezzosopran und Streichorchester Poeme lyrique pour mezzo-soprano et orchestre a cordes Adagio con variazioni (1920) 10:23 for cello and orchestra fur Cello und Orchester; pour violoncelle et orchestre Trittico Botlicelliano (1927) 18:40 for small orchestra fur kleines Orchester; pour petite orchestre I La primavera 5:31 II V adorazione del Magi 8:34 III La nasoita di Venere 4:31 TT = 64:47 [ RAPHAEL WALLFISCH cello LINDA FINNIE mezzo-soprano BOURNEMOUTH SINFONIETTA Richard Studt leader TAMAS VASARY conductor

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the trances of the summer air 7 May 2008
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a very fine CD covering some popular and some little-known works by that masterful Italian orchestra of the early twentieth century, Ottorino Respighi. The four pieces here date from 1918 to 1927.

The earliest piece is a setting to music of an Italian translation of Shelley's poem `The Sunset'. The music is in accord with the poet's bitter-sweet contemplative resignation, "like the trances of the summer air", and Linda Finnie's (mezzo-soprano) perfect voice hovers above the warm quivering strings that reflect the evening air.

Two years later, Respighi wrote the ten-minute adagio with variations for cello and orchestra. The theme is Elgarian, and the writing is accomplished, as is the cello-playing by Raphael Wallfisch.

The final two items are more well-known and date from 1927. "The Birds" consists of perky and refelctive re-arrangements of themes from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, supporting the view that Respighi was a traditionalist rather than a radical. (This same composer wrote the Ancient Airs and Dances in a similar vein.) The performances throughout this suite are very good indeed, and that of the second movement (The Dove) is superlative: the oboe, supported by quietly glowing strings and harp, plays like an aria whilst the woodwind coos.

The final item is Respighi's "Three Botticelli Pictures". The opening reminds me of the same composer's "Pines of Rome". Indeed, having studied with Rimsky-Korsakov, Respighi excelled at orchestral miniatures, like a more sun-drenched version of the Nordic Grieg: all is colour, shimmering in the Mediterranean air. His forms may have been conservative, but his orchestral arrangements are modern, not desisting from using piano and other percussive instruments in emphasising rhythms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Respighi: The Birds 18 Nov 2013
By Rhoda
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This is such a wonderful piece of music and I thoroughly enjoy listening to this CD. Originally, I bought this CD to hear the Adagio con Variazioni cello music but the whole recording is just delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get close and listen this artwork! 6 April 2005
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on
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Boticellian Tryphtic is still a hidden jewel for many music lovers.
This is one of my beloved works of this excel composer. The whole work is a real musical treasure; it contains musicality, but also expressiveness and above all commitment. Written possibly in an age in which the real interest of the listener turned around other composers and new forms of daring musical expression, this work deserves a better treatment, now the time has passed away and we are able to distinguish the shining bagatelles of the brighter gold, perhaps we are capable to enjoy with much more frequency in the hall concerts, this overwhelming composition. Meanwhile try to get this record and compare by yourself about the inner virtues of this work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magical performance 30 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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Vasary obtains a wonderful variety of colours and textures in this beautiful recording. Listen to the third picture - it feels like you're flying! (I also had the privilege of hearing them perform this live and it was fantastic!)
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful, it lifts the spirits! 21 July 2014
By E. Dean Jones Sr. - Published on
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Wonderful, especially the Trittico Botticelliano.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lighter side of Respighi 9 April 2009
By Eric S. Kim - Published on
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Those of you who are looking for some heavy-hitting Respighi will be slightly disappointed. This disc contains a much lighter and less complex side of the Italian composer. Not to say that it is bad, but I expected some more color and impressionistic goodness than this.

But to be perfectly honest, I do like all four pieces on this CD, though not as much as I like the "Belkis Suite" and "Church Windows". "The Birds" is actually four arrangements of harpsichord and lute solo pieces that were made during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. I'm not a big fan of Baroque music, so there's nothing special here to me. "Il Tramonto" is a 15-minute piece for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. Linda Finnie does an extraordinary job with her solo, although the clarity in her voice is a bit off at times. "Adagio con variazioni" is a 10-minute piece for cello and orchestra. Raphael Wallfisch gives an intelligent reading, so nothing bad really happens.

Both "Il Tramonto" and "Adagio" don't have that much of the typical Respighian flavor; they sound as though they were made in the mid-Romantic period. "3 Botticelli Pictures" is the one that's closest to the composer's own "Church Windows" and "Fountains of Rome". Based on a trip to an arts museum in Washington D.C., this stands out as the major highlight of this recording. The impressionistic sound is here, the vastly colorful orchestrations return, and the lyrical ambiance found in the second movement is a reminder of the third movement of "Pines of Rome". It's now one of my favorites from Respighi.

I can see that the composer has created some musically "conservative" pieces as well as his distinctive impressionistic works. I may be biased, but I'm more for the latter. While I do think that "The Birds" and "Il Tramonto" and "Adagio" are decent, I'm left with an unsatisfactory taste as I expected at least a heavenly flow that's found in "Church Windows".

A for "3 Botticelli Pictures"
C+ for "The Birds" and "Il Tramonto" and "Adagio"
Overall: B
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