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RESPIGHI, O.: Vetrate di chiesa / Impressioni Brasiliane / Rossiniana (Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

Composer(s):Respighi, Ottorino
Artist(s) Falletta, JoAnn, Conductor • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557711
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Although Respighi’s reputation rests on the justly celebrated trilogy of Roman tone poems (Naxos 8.550539), he also wrote a number of distinguished works in other forms. The four symphonic impressions Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows) began life as Tre preludi sopra melodie gregoriane for piano (Naxos 8.553704), with the addition of a fourth movement to make a symphonic suite. Making full use of indigenous melodic and rhythmic shapes, Impressioni brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions) are a musical snapshot of the composer’s visit to Brazil in 1927. Rossiniana, Respighi’s orchestration of piano ‘trifles’ by Rossini, is one of his most brilliantly and colourfully scored works. It concludes with a wonderfully infectious



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Following up earlier Respighi issues, Naxos here offer another group of rich and exotic works which demonstrate his extraordinary gift for brilliant orchestration. Brazilian Impressions stemmed from a visit that the composer himself made to Brazil. The first of the three pieces is a nocturne, Tropical Night, with fragments of dance rhythms hinted at in the sensuous textures. The second is a sinister picture of a snake farm that Respighi visited, with hints of birdsong, while the third and final movement finds Respighi in extrovert mood in a vigorous and colourful dance. But the longest and most ambitious of the three works here is Church Windows, with suitable paintings chosen to go with each piece—The Flight into Egypt for the gentle opening movement,


Review By David Denton, Naxos,November 2007

The highly coloured trilogy of Roman tone poems has become so popular that they overshadow everything else Respighi composed. That is regrettable when you discover his other pictorial works, and in particular the four symphonic poems that recreate the religious scenes depicted in Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows), its massive vision of St. Gregory the Great enhanced by the dramatic organ entry in a sonic spectacular. I fell in love with Brazilian Impressions in the early days of LP with in a vivid performance from the London Symphony and Antal Dorati. Respighi returned from a visit to Brazil with three scenes of life there, the second a chilling recollection of a snake farm with its poisonous creatures and a finale that recreating seductive South American dance



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