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RESPIGHI Trittico botticelliano, Il tramonto - The Sunset, Vetratedi chiesa - Church Windows. Anna Caterina Antonacci, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege / John Neschling. BIS Records SACD

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Respighi Vetratedi Chiesa Il Tramonto John Neschling Bis Records Sacd

OTTORINO RESPIGHI:

Trittico botticelliano (1927)
Il tramonto (The Sunset) (1914)
Vetratedi chiesa (Church Windows) (1926)


Anna Caterina Antonacci, soprano
Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège / John Neschling

In their acclaimed series of Ottorino Respighi’s orchestral music, John Neschlingand Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liègehave transported listeners to destinations as diverse as Brazil (Impressionebrasiliane) and King Solomon’s Jerusalem (Belkis, Regina di Saba) as well as giving a thrilling account of the composer’s monumental Sinfonia drammatica–a score of epic proportions for a correspondingly large-scale orchestra. That performance earned a Critic’s Choice in American Record Guide and an ‘Empfehlung’ on German website Klassik-Heute.de, and throughout the series Neschling and his team have received high praise for incisive interpretations and luxurious playing.

The present disc brings together three of Respighi’s more popular works, besides the perennial Roman trilogy. Scored for small orchestra, his BotticellianTriptychhas all the freshness of the famous paintings of the Renaissance master: Spring, Adoration of the Magiand Birth of Venus. Subtitled ‘poemettolirico’ Il tramonto was originally composed for voice and string quartet, but is often performed with a larger complement of strings, as here. Soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci breathes impassioned life into Shelley’s Romantic poem The Sunset (translated into Italian) in which love is brutally cut short by death. The disc closes with the four Church Windows, three of which originated as piano preludes based on Gregorian themes. In 1925 Respighi composed a fourth companion piece, and recast the set as a suite for orchestra. Only then did he give titles to the movements, so that his lavishly orchestrated windows are in fact imaginary scenes, rather than any existing church windows.

BIS Records SACD BIS2250

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