Lamberto Gardelli / Neville Marriner

Respighi: Belfagor Overture; Pines of Rome; Fountains of Rome; The Birds; Three Botticelli Pictures; Antiche Arie e Danze

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Newcomers to Ottorino Respighi's resplendent orchestral works will find this generous and affordable package a good place to start. However, more experienced listeners will find it a mixed bag, perhaps only worth pursuing for half of its selections. Lamberto Gardelli's 1976 performances with the London Symphony Orchestra of Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome are vivid and exciting, but the recordings fall a little short in sonic range and orchestral depth; later digital recordings are more effective in capturing the full dimensions of Pines and Fountains, and these analog recordings pale in comparison. The rare Belfagor Overture is a lively bonus track, though far from a masterpiece, and probably essential only to Respighi collectors. Neville Marriner's 1976 performances with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields of The Birds and the Three Botticelli Pictures are bright and joyous, and the classic 1975 rendition of Ancient Airs and Dances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra remains one of Marriner's most popular recordings. EMI's ADD remastering is better than average, but some haziness remains, particularly in the softest passages of Gardelli's recordings. Marriner's, though, are quite distinct and clearly detailed.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 11:32 Amazon
Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome), symphonic poem, P. 141
2 02:50 Amazon
3 06:14 Amazon
4 06:36 Amazon
5 04:58 Amazon
Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome), symphonic poem, P. 106
6 04:26 Amazon
7 02:30 Amazon
8 03:34 Amazon
9 05:55 Amazon
Gli uccelli (The Birds), suite for orchestra, P. 154
10 03:08 Amazon
11 04:27 Amazon
12 02:43 Amazon
13 04:43 Amazon
14 04:12 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Trittico botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures) for orchestra, P. 151
1 05:40 Amazon
2 08:45 Amazon
3 04:42 Amazon
Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1, arrangements (4) for orchestra, P. 109
4 02:27 Amazon
5 03:27 Amazon
6 05:19 Amazon
7 04:11 Amazon
Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 2, arrangements (4) for orchestra, P. 138
8 03:54 Amazon
9 03:41 Amazon
10 05:11 Amazon
11 05:16 Amazon
Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3, arrangements (4) for strings, P. 172
12 01:58 Amazon
13 06:44 Amazon
14 03:40 Amazon
15 02:28 Amazon
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