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Respighi: Roman Trilogy (Fontane Di Roma/ Pini Di Roma/ Feste Romane) Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Orchestra: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Neschling
  • Composer: Ottorino Respighi
  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B0041IIVRQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome) - Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
2. Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome) - Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
3. Feste Romane (Roman Festivals) - Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra

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The best Roman trilogy of recent times.Neschling and the sao Paulo SO reminds that there is more to Respighi than we thought. ***** --Classic fm Magazine,Feb'11

A brilliant peformance such as this one, helped by spectacular sound,it is highly enjoyable. --Gramophone,Mar'11

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ClassicalMusicLover on 11 Dec. 2010
I listened to this multi-channel SACD in 5.0 surround sound. BIS does not use the .1 LFE channel, so no sub-woofer was used. I used a volume setting of -16db on my Denon AVR-3805 receiver, Denon DVD-3910 SACD player and my 5 speakers that are rated at overall 90db efficiency. This setting for me achieved live performance volume based on my live concert attendances in the seats behind the orchestra at Symphony Center in Chicago.

I was first struck by the Sao Paulo Hall's warm and rich sound character. In fact, from this recording I can tell it is one of the most acoustically perfect halls in the world. It's similar in sound to the Boston Symphonic Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna. The reverberation from Sao Paulo Hall (Sala São Paulo) is just about perfect at about 2 to 3 seconds which for me adds so much to the large space image and big emotions of this recording. These works by Respighi are among my most favorite and I have many recordings of them; Ozawa with BSO (CD), Tortelier with the Philharmonia (CD), De Waart with San Francisco(CD), Dutoit with Montreal(CD), Reiner with Chicago (SACD), and Que with Minnesota (HDCD). All have their strengths and weaknesses, but, the brass sound of this recording blends so beautifully together it is the most gorgeous, realistic and dark bronzy sounding I've heard on any SACD or CD. And when the building and climax came along on the Appian Way, my entire body was literally shaking and heaving from the incredibly inspiring emotion that this recording and performance stirred in my soul and tears started to flow from the overwhelming experience. I really wonder if they actually used original buccines (ancient trumpets) called for in the score as I've never heard the brass of Festivals and Pines sound this earthy before!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Manning on 1 Nov. 2010
Respighi's descriptive tributes to Rome are ideal subjects for the medium of SACD; atmospheric, exciting, and with orchestral writing that benefits from higher resolution.
The Fountains of Rome opens at a leisurely pace, and I was able to appreciate detail that I had not previously heard; Neschling and the Sao Paulo Symphony made me aware of water, flowing and dripping, and the grandeur of the sculptures.
Children playing get the Pines off to a brisk start with their high-pitched noises, and each tableau is faithfully communicated up to the overwhelming climax of the marching Roman soldiers.
The brutality of the circuses can be difficult to listen to if your imagination is active; Respighi pulls no punches in Roman Festivals. Happily the piece moves on to less bloodthirsty scenes, the imitation of a barrel organ being most effective.
BIS have continued their tried and tested method of recording, giving us a natural and spacious concert-hall sound. Dynamic level is very large, and I found that I needed to use more amplification than usual to maintain clarity in the quietest passages. This meant that those Roman soldiers raise the roof at the end of The Pines, which accurately reflects the huge orchestral forces. I have multi-miked recordings that maintain more detail during this very loud section, but fail to fully portray the huge crescendo captured here by BIS.
I feel that the recorded nightingale in the Pines of the Villa Borghese at night could have been given more atmosphere in the multi-channel recording; the possibility of floating it in the air is a tempting one, but I found it to come from the front speakers. Those Roman soldiers, however, do play their buccines from the rear speakers most effectively, and there is also brass from the rear in the opening of the Festivals.
I have waited for this first modern SACD of these works for some time, and am glad to be able to report that I am very satisfied.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Bower on 4 Nov. 2010
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I have been looking forward to this one for some time, and am happy to report I was not disappointed.

The music first. I was brought up on the classic Reiner/CSO Pines and Fountains - a difficult act to follow! Muti, Dutoit and others have also provided notable efforts. But Neschling and his fine, upcoming Sao Paulo Symphony take a different tack altogether, playing the Roman Trilogy more 'straight' as music and less as a vehicle for virtuoso fireworks.

Yes, I admit missing the precision and power of the Reiner (also, notably, a very fine sounding Living Stereo), together with the terrifyingly leaden, implacable trudge of its legions down the Appian Way to end 'Pines'. However, the Neschling offers many compensations. Not least the alarmingly OTT final contribution to the Roman Trilogy - Feste Romane. Frankly, I think there is room for both approaches and recordings in any collection.

And the sound impresses mightily, too. Spacious, clear, transparent, and with huge dynamics, this matches and carries the music effortlessly.

Far be it from me to recommend antisocial behaviour, but play this one loud. VERY loud. Only, don't complain to me when the neighbours come knocking...

Strongly recommended.
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By A. J. E. Musson on 7 May 2014
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Of the two ( the one above and this) ths is theone. I do feel that you do need sophisticated equipment to appreciate fully the colour of the Sao Paulo recording , but my elementary domestic set up is execised to the full. I'm glad tio have this recording.
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