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RESPIGHI, O.: Primavera (La) / Quattro Liriche / La pentola magica (Slovak Radio Symphony, Adriano)

Composer(s):Respighi, Ottorino
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.570741
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Respighi’s reputation depends largely on his symphonic poems whose bold use of orchestral colour derived from Rimsky-Korsakov’s example. His rarely heard ballet La pentola magica (The Magic Pot) pays tribute to other Russian composers including Arensky, Grechaninov, Pachulsky, Rebikov and Rubinstein. His triumphant cantata La Primavera (Spring) was based on Constant Zarian’s adaptations of ancient Armenian poetry, while the song cycle Quattro liriche su poesie popolari armene uses archaic church modes and a quasi-Armenian ensemble to create an exotic religious mood.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2008

As with many other composers, Respighi has suffered the fate of achieving so much popularity withhis symphonic pictures of Rome, that his vast output has been overshadowed. Yet he was also his own worst enemy, his magpie instincts to borrow styles from so many different sources never allowing him to give birth to a personal style. His ambitious cantata, La Primavera, could well have come from the operatic pen of Franz Schreker, its eclectic mix of the late Romantic era and the colourful orchestration he learned from Rimsky-Korsakov creating passages of sumptuous beauty. Compare that with the almost austere setting of a group of four Armenian songs, Quattro Liriche, that were inspired by church modes and set for solo mezzo and piano accompaniment. They



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