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Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Metamorphoseon / Liège PO; Neschling

Album Summary

>Respighi, Ottorino : Metamorphosen modi XII, theme and variations for orchestra, P. 169
>Respighi, Ottorino : Ballata delle gnomidi, symphonic poem, P. 124
>Respighi, Ottorino : Belkis, Queen of Sheba, suite from the ballet, P. 177
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Conductor John Neschling leads the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège on his third Ottorino Respighi disc for BIS. Ballata delle gnomidi (The Ballad of the Gnomes), from 1920 was inspired by a poem depicting satanic rituals, sexual abandonment and blood sacrifice. Metamorphoseon (1930) consists of a theme and twelve variations or 'modes'. Despite his doubts about it, the work is now considered a masterpiece. The disc closes with the suite from Belkis, Regina di Saba, a full-length ballet scored for a massive orchestra but slimmed down for the intended-for-concert-use suite.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
Respighi was said to have rated his Metamorphoseon highly, though it's unclear why. It's even more unclear listening to this excellent new recording, which catches evocatively the work's brooding, murky tints, and its tendency to sudden irruptions of temperament...Neschling and his Liege musicians [are] sharply responsive to Respighi's abrupt flexing of muscle.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
[Metamorphosen] is dazzlingly done here, with plenty of grace and panache, by Neschling and his Belgian orchestra.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Philharmonique, Liège, Belgium (2014).



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>Respighi, Ottorino : Metamorphosen modi XII, theme and variations for orchestra, P. 169
  • Conductor: John Neschling
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Philharmonique du Liège
  • Running Time: 27 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1930

>Respighi, Ottorino : Ballata delle gnomidi, symphonic poem, P. 124
  • Conductor: John Neschling
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Philharmonique du Liège
  • Running Time: 16 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Respighi, Ottorino : Belkis, Queen of Sheba, suite from the ballet, P. 177
  • Conductor: John Neschling
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Philharmonique du Liège
  • Running Time: 25 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934