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Respighi: Church Windows; Brazilian Impressions; Belkis Queen of Sheba, Metamorphoseon; Roman Trilogy / Tortelier; Simon

> Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), P. 106 - I. La fontana di Valle all'alba
> Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), P. 106 - II. La fontana del Tritone al mattino
> Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), P. 106 - II. La fontana di Trevi al meriggio
> Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), P. 106 - IV. La fontana di Villa Medici al tramonto
> Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome), P. 141 - I. I pini di Villa Borghese (The Pines of the Villa Borghese)
> Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome), P. 141 - II. Pini presso una catacomba (Pines Near a Catacomb)
> Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome), P. 141 - III. I pini del Gianicolo (The Pines of the Janiculum)
> Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome), P. 141 - IV. I pini della via Appia (The Pines of the Appian Way)
> Belkis, Queen of Sheba Suite, P. 177 - I. Il Sogno di Salomone (The Dream of Solomon)
> Belkis, Queen of Sheba Suite, P. 177 - II. Danza guerresca (War Dance)
> Belkis, Queen of Sheba Suite, P. 177 - III. La Danza di Belkis all'aurora (The Dance of Belkis at Dawn)
> Belkis, Queen of Sheba Suite, P. 177 - IV. Danza orgiastica (Orgiastic Dance)
> Impressioni brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions), P. 153 - No. 1. Notte Tropicale (Tropical Night)
> Impressioni brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions), P. 153 - No. 2. Butantan (In a snake-garden near Sao Paulo)
> Impressioni brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions), P. 153 - No. 3. Canzone e Danza (Song and Dance)
> Metamorphoseon modi XII, P. 169 - Modus XI: Molto allegro
> Metamorphoseon modi XII, P. 169 - Modus XII: Vivo non troppo
> Feste romane (Roman Festivals), P. 157 - I. Circenses
> Feste romane (Roman Festivals), P. 157 - II. Il Giubileo
> Feste romane (Roman Festivals), P. 157 - III. L'Ottobrata

Notes & Reviews:

The Roman Trilogy consisting of "Fountains of Rome," "Pines of Rome" and "Festivals of Rome" is among Respighi's best-known and best-loved work. It is complemented here by four lesser-known works: "Church Windows," "Metamorphoseon," "Belkis," "Queen of Scheba" and "Brazilian Impressions." This re-release is available at the special price of two CDs for one.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Church Windows and Brazilian Impressions are the earliest recordings, and they sound wonderful - as good as anything since. This and the Lopez-Cobos are the key recordings to have. Metamorphoseon is also a fine recording - and again, so is the Lopez-Cobos. There are a lot of wind solos, and I prefer the Cincinnati winds. It's a theme with 12 variations in the 12 modes. Belkis is a rarity still. The bass drum in the War Dance is very strong. The Roman trilogy under Tortelier is brilliantly recorded - very bright and startling. Respighi used organ and piano in his orchestral music, and they sound quite clear in these recordings. I am really happy with this remastering and coupling - so many pieces in outstanding performances.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2013
Sumptuous, meaty performances, featuring Tortelier's vigorous Roman trilogy. The Philharmonia's rich sonorities enjoy a spacious Chandos recording.



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