Respighi, Ottorino

August 5, 2019, 7:00 pm

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There’s much more to Ottorino Respighi than The Pines of Rome and The Fountains of Rome. This week we’ll hear his connections with the music of Brazil, touch on his experiences in war-torn Europe, and see how this violinist, musicologist, and composer artfully moved Italian music into the 20th century. We will hear The Birds (Gli Uccelli) where a number of birds are characterized by Respighi. Bill samples the “cuckoo” sound heard within this suite. In Friday’s episode we meet an American woman, Elizabeth Coolidge, who in 1927 lands Respighi a commission to write Botticelli Triptych (Trittico Botticelliano).

 

Playlist

Episode 1

Ottorino Respighi: Concerto Gregoriano Finale (excerpt)
Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Takako Nishizaki
Concerto Gregoriano • Poema Autunnale
Marco Polo 8.220152; 1:00

Ottorino Respighi: “Notturno” 
Leonardo De Lisi, tenor; Reinild Mees, piano
Complete Songs For Voice and Piano, Volume 1
Channel 9396; 2:53

Ottorino Respighi: Wind Quintet, II. Andante con variazioni
Ex Novo Ensemble de Venezia
Giuseppe Martucci: Piano Quintet / Ottorino Respighi: Piano Quintet / Wind Quintet
Dynamic 099; 4:06

Ottorino Respighi: Symphonic Variations
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Adriano
Early Orchestral Works
Marco Polo 8.223348; 12:24

Ottorino Respighi: Suite in E, II
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Adriano
Early Orchestral Works
Marco Polo 8.223348; 8:05

Ottorino Respighi: Burlesca
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Early Orchestral Works
Marco Polo 8.223348; 7:22

Ottorino Respighi: Adagio Con Variazioni, P 188
Orchestre De Paris/Semyon Bychkov; Mischa Maisky, violoncello
Adagio
DG 435781; 12:54

Episode 2

Ottorino Respighi: Quartet In D Major, I & IV
Brodsky Quartet
Works for String Quartet
Challenge Classics 72008; 16:07

Ottorino Respighi: “Aretusa”
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Adriano; Faridah Subrata, mezzo-soprano
Aretusa / La Sensitiva / Il Tramonto
Naxos 8.223347; 12:20

Ottorino Respighi: Dance Of The Gnomes Allegro
Minnesota Orchestra/Eiji Oue
Belkis, Queen Of Sheba Suite / The Pines Of Rome
RR 95; 4:48

Ottorino Respighi: Fountains of Rome
Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
Pini Di Roma, Fontane Di Roma, Feste Romane
EMI 47316; 15:22

Episode 3

Gioacchino Rossini (arr. Respighi): La Boutique Fantastique – Overture (excerpt)
Tarantella & Danse Cosaque
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Respighi Transcriptions For Orchestra
Telarc 80396; 1:38, 4:21

Ottorino Respighi: Belfagor Overture
London Symphony Orchestra/Lamberto Gardelli
Belfagor Overture · Pines Of Rome · Fountains Of Rome
The Birds · Three Botticelli Pictures · Ancient Airs And Dances
EMI 69358; 11:26

Ottorino Respighi: Concerto Gregoriano Andante Tranquillo
Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Takako Nishizaki
Concerto Gregoriano • Poema Autunnale
Marco Polo 8.220152; 10:17

Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome
Philadelphia Orchestra/Muti
Pini Di Roma, Fontane Di Roma, Feste Romane
EMI 47316; 22:09

Episode 4

Ottorino Respighi: Brazilian Impressions  Butantan
London Symphony Orchestra/Antal Doráti
Dorati Conducts Respighi
Mercury 432007; 4:47, 1:23

Ottorino Respighi: Poema Autunnale for Violin and Orchestra
Monte Carlo Philharmonic/Yakov Kreizberg; Julia Fischer, violin
Julia Fischer – Poeme
Decca B001553502; 14:21

Ottorino Respighi: Church Windows
I. The Flight Into Egypt; II. Saint Michael The Archangel; III. The Matins Of Saint Clare; IV. Saint Gregory The Great
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Jesús López-Cobos
Ottorino Respighi: Church Windows
Telarc 80356; :34, :22, 27:51

Ottorino Respighi: La Pentola Magica – Preludio (excerpt)
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jakub Francisci
Astuzie de Colombina (Le) / La pentola magica
Naxos 8.223346; 1:27

Episode 5

Ottorino Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano, I. La Primavera III. La Nascita Di Venere
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Neville Marriner
Belfagor Overture · Pines Of Rome · Fountains Of Rome · The Birds · Three Botticelli Pictures · Ancient Airs And Dances
EMI 69358; 10:12

Ottorino Respighi: Gli Uccelli (The Birds), P. 154, I. Prelude; III. The Hen; IV. The Nightingale; V. The Cuckoo
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Ancient Airs and Dances I & III • Three Botticelli Pictures • The Birds
DG 437533
1:15, 13:44, 2:26

Ottorino Respighi: Feste Romane, I. Circenses (Circuses); II. Giubileo (Jubilee) ; III. L’Ottobrata (October Festival); IV. La Befana (The Epiphany)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
Pini Di Roma, Fontane Di Roma, Feste Romane
EMI 47316; 23:49