Ottorino Respighi (1879 - 1936)

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01A Thumbnail Sketch *20050704Donald Macleod begins his profile of one of Italy's most controversial composers with a portrait of Respighi's colourful and sometimes contradictory passions, including fine art, fairy tale, grand opera and antiquity.|Six Pieces for Violin and Piano No 1, Berceuse|Marcia Crayford (violin)|Diana Ambache (piano)|Semirama: Act 1, opening|Semirama....Eva Marton|Susiana....Veronika Kinces|Hungarian Radio and TV Chorus|Hungarian State Orchestra|Lamberto Gardelli (conductor)|Passo mezzo e mascherada (Antiche danze ed arie Suite I)|Orpheus Chamber Orchestra|La Pentola Magica (excerpts)|BBC Philharmonic|Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)|Trittico Botticelliano|Academy of St Martin in the Fields|Sir Neville Marriner.
02In Perfect Unison20050705Without the influence of his pupil, later his wife, Respighi might well have come off the rails.|Donald Macleod evaluates the impact of Elsa Respighi on her husband's music.|3 Preludes on Gregorian Melodies No 1|Sergei Babayan (piano)|Church Windows: The Matins of St Claire; St Michael the Archangel|Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra|Jesús López-Cobos (conductor)|La Sera|Faridah Subrata (mezzo-soprano)|Czecho-Slovak Radio SO|Adriano (conductor)|Ballad of the Gnomes|The Philharmonia|Geoffrey Simon (conductor)|Poema Autunnale|Pierre Amoyal (violin)|Orchestre National de France|Charles Dutoit (conductor).
03Friends, Romans, Countrymen20050706Donald Macleod charts Respighi's ever-complex relationships with his musical colleagues, critics, and the people of Rome whose city he depicted in his most famous works.|Belfagor: Overture|BBC Philharmonic|Sir Edward Downes (conductor)|Lamento d'Arianna (after Monteverdi)|Burjana Antonova (mezzo-soprano)|Sofia Chamber Orchestra|Emil Tabakov (conductor)|Feste Romane|Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra|Lorin Maazel (conductor)|Canzone Sarda|Tiziana Cisternino (soprano)|Massimo Palumbo (piano).
04On Tour20050707Despite an awkward run-in with a ravenous press pack Respighi's trans-Atlantic tours did much to bolster his reputation.|Donald Macleod charts his travels and the music which they helped to inspire.|Concerto in Modo Misolidio: 3rd mvt|Geoffrey Tozer (piano)|BBC Philharmonic|Sir Edward Downes (conductor)|Maria: Egiziaca (excerpts)|Maria....Veronika Kincses|Voice of the Angel....Katalin Farkas|Hungarian Radio and Television Chorus|Hungarian State Orchestra|Lamberto Gardelli (conductor)|Brazilian Impressions: Tropical Night|Cincinnati SO|Jesús López-Cobos (conductor)|Passacaglia and Fugue (after Bach)|Leonard Slatkin (conductor).
05 LASTA Nightingale Sang20050708Donald Macleod explores Respighi's final years, including a stroll amongst the pines of Rome as depicted by one of the composer's greatest musical legacies.|Belkis, Regina di Saba: Orgiastic Dance|Philharmonia Orchestra|Geoffrey Simon (conductor)|Il Tramonto|Magdalena Koená (soprano)|Henschel Quartet|Notturno|Sergei Babayan (piano)|The Pines of Rome|NBC Symphony Orchestra|Arturo Toscanini (conductor)|Stornellatrice|Elsa Respighi (soprano)|Ottorino Respighi (piano).