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Respighi: Symphonic Poems

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , Ottorino Respighi , Enrique Bátiz Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Conductor: Enrique Bátiz
  • Composer: Ottorino Respighi
  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000273ZN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Circus Games
2. The Jubilee
3. Harvest Festivals in October
4. Epiphany
5. The Fountain of Valle Giulia at Dawn
6. The Triton Fountain in the Morning
7. The Trevi Fountain at Mid-day
8. The villa Medici Founatain at sunset
9. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
10. Pines Near a Catacomb
11. The Pines of the Janiculam
12. The Pines of the Appian Way

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scintillating Respighi 15 Feb 2011
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
I'm a little surprised by some of the less than flattering reviews of this scintillating collection. Batiz and the Royal Philarmonic deliver a powerful, yet sensitive, committed and highly colourful, yet subtle account of Respighi's Roman Trilogy. The performance shivers with excitement, yet has its moments of delicacy with the strings shimmering with a lustrous quality at times. The excitement level is palpable, from the spectacular opening of 'Circuses' in Roman Festivals, with the combination of trumpets and drums conjuring an epic strength and grandeur, while the contrast between the delicate gossamer opening of 'Jubilee' builds to a dramatic climax. All this in only the first two tracks!
The performance of the Pines is equally triumphant, with a balance of light and shade, strong and delicate, yet all infused with a lustrous radiance to the playing which emphasises the lovely sensuous character of this music. Music with bite and tenderness in equal measure, and a sympathetic recording which captures this performance at its zenith. Both the Penguin Guide *** and the Gramophone rate this a strong recommendation, with the later calling it 'an extraordinary bargain'. Quite unmissable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performances in spectacular sound 15 Dec 2013
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
The pedigree of this recording suggests that we'll get a classy product: a first-rank orchestra led by a conductor who have produced some top-rate recordings on the budget Naxos and Quicksilva labels, including an especially fine Rachmaninov disc of the "Symphonic Dances" and "The Isle of the Dead". Furthermore, the sound-engineering is overseen by Brian B. Culverhouse, who clearly knows his stuff. I am indebted to a previous reviewer for the information that the recording venue was St Barnabas's Church, Tooting, although the label doesn't disclose the location. It provides just the right amount of reverberation and warmth.

If the sound is geared rather high to please those of us who do not have top-end equipment, so be it; all I know is that the dynamic range encompasses the softest, gentlest music depicting the Fountain of Valle Giulia at Dawn to the most raucous of climaxes in the "Epiphany" of "Roman Festivals" - and one can even faintly hear traffic noise during gaps in the orchestral playing. The impact of those climactic passages is staggering, considerably more so than in other - albeit excellent - recordings such as those of the "Pines of Rome" by Mata and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra or Eiji Oue and the Minnesotans.

This is not music that needs excessive refinement: it is alternately lush and brash, revelling in the kaleidoscopic melange of instrumental colours: arpeggios on harps, blaring brass, thunderous timpani and liquid woodwind alternate to create unashamedly sensuous soundscapes. That's not an excuse for sloppy ensemble or a blaring mess of sound and despite the complaints of the odd, isolated reviewer, I don't hear any of that, even if occasionally the exuberance of the playing threatens to spill over into riotousness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 3 April 2011
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Terrific performances here. Playing of great enthusiasm and power. The conductor knows exactly how this music should go. Naxos recordings sometimes have a disappointingly shut in boxy quality, with a narrow dynamic range - but not here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable Roman Trilogy 26 July 2012
This is my second recording of The Roman Trilogy by my favourite composer Ottorino Respighi. It is even preferable to my last one with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The sound quality is superior with a slight reverberation to the acoustic, which goes well with such atmospheric music. The brass playing is also terrific on this recording. Every time I listen to these masterpieces of orchestral colour something new is revealed, so I never tire of them. Rightly so, Gramophone magazine gave this recording a top recommendation when it was first released.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
A famous disc, this. The best word to sum it up would be: attack! The RPO attack this music with tremendous enthusiasm - or is it just plain old aggression. Even more unexpected is the sheer barnstorming quality of sound from Naxos. Even at a cautious volume setting, this Respighi triptych nearly shattered my ear drums. I guess that's why it is always recommended within the budget price bracket. For anyone with abit more money to spend, the Dg and Decca twofers dedicated to Respighi are both great value (as is the EMI one, minus Roman Festivals). Maazel's Pittsburgh recording is also top notch but lacks the impact of this brazen version.
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