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

by Blair Sanderson

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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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