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

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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