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Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances; The Birds / Munich Radio SO, Henry Raudales

Audio Samples

  1. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 1, P. 109: I. Balletto detto "Il Conte Orlando" $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 1, P. 109: II. Gagliarda $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 1, P. 109: III. Villanella $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 1, P. 109: IV. Passo mezzo e mascherada $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 2, P. 138: I. Laura soave - Balletto con gagliarda - Saltarello e canario $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 2, P. 138: II. Danza rustica $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 2, P. 138: III. Campanae parisienses - Aria $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 2, P. 138: IV. Bergamasca $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 3, P. 172: I. Italianaed $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 3, P. 172: II. Arie di corte $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 3, P. 172: III. Siciliana $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Respighi — Antiche danze ed arie per liuto, Suite No. 3, P. 172: IV. Passacaglia $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Respighi — Gli uccelli, P. 154: I. Preludio $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Respighi — Gli uccelli, P. 154: II. La colomba $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Respighi — Gli uccelli, P. 154: III. La gallina $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Respighi — Gli uccelli, P. 154: V. Il cuc├╣ $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1
>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 2
>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3
>Respighi, Ottorino : Gli uccelli "The Birds"
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Italian Passion in Surround. The Munich Radio Orchestra now turns to the sensuous fascination offered by Ottorino Respighi's masterpieces - a logical and natural choice for this orchestra, which during the course of its history of more than sixty years has developed into an ensemble with an enormously broad artistic spectrum and earned a firm place in the orchestral landscape precisely because of its versatility. For Respighi familiarity with music history and the old masters was not only a sublime pastime but also a source of inspiration for his own compositional work, and he certainly also contributed a great deal to the now current concert practice involving the performance of early music with modern orchestras. His Antiche danze ed arie, free arrangements of arias and dances from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, enables us to rediscover forgotten rhythms and tones. While he alters the character of the music by introducing a rich array of instruments, all sorts of different orchestrations, and harmonic modulations of modern coloration, the art of the old masters remains untouched. These works are finely complemented by his Gli Uccelli (The Birds) suite. In 1927 he drew on various harpsichord and lute miniatures for this quasi-ornithological "Suite for Small Orchestra," producing picturesque snapshots here showing him from his admirable and remarkable side as a sensitive observer who discovers the pictorial element in all that he sees.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
Under violinist-conductor Henry Raudales, the Munich Radio Orchestra approach Respighi's Baroque reworkings with fastidious care and exquisite attention to detail... his approach to Gli uccelli, meanwhile, is altogether more extrovert, and his breezy, almost casual way with the 'Preludio' comes as something of a surprise... like the rest of the disc [the Pines of Rome] is played with exceptionally beauty, and the recording itself is first-rate.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BR (Studio 1) (2009-04-28_2009-04-30&2009-).



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Works Details

>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 1
  • Conductor: Henry Raudeles
  • Ensemble: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: BR (Studio 1) (2009-04-28_2009-04-30&2009-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 2
  • Conductor: Henry Raudeles
  • Notes: BR (Studio 1) (2009-04-28_2009-04-30&2009-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3
  • Conductor: Henry Raudeles
  • Notes: BR (Studio 1) (2009-04-28_2009-04-30&2009-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Respighi, Ottorino : Gli uccelli "The Birds"
  • Conductor: Henry Raudeles
  • Notes: BR (Studio 1) (2009-04-28_2009-04-30&2009-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928