, another orchestral triptych (in a similar vein to The Fountains
and Festival of Rome
), communicates Respighi's impressions from the summer he spent in Rio de Janeiro - the composer was fascinated by the popular music of Brazil.La Boutique fantasque
(The Fantastic Toyshop), was composed in 1918 for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, and performed more than 1000 times during the following few years. Respighi's score was based on piano pieces by Rossini.
'Neschling's glowing colours and instinctive rhythms are simply breath-taking...it's all so delicately aspirated and the ultra-refined sound is a joy to behold. Couple that with sensitive, finely honed playing and you have your very own piece of paradise. Elegant and engaging; Respighi performances don't come much better than this.' --MusicWeb International
Having relocated from Sao Paulo to Liege, John Neschling provides a follow up to his disc of Respighi triptych with a coupling that demonstrates the composer's sheer versatility and conceptually when writing for orchestra. Hopefully there will be more Respighi to follow from this source. --IRR, Sept'14