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Respighi: Sinfonia Drammatica; Belfagor Overture / John Neschlin, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège

Album Summary

>Respighi, Ottorino : Sinfonia drammatica, P. 102
>Respighi, Ottorino : Belfagor, concert overture, for orchestra (after opera "Belfagor"), P. 140
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ottorino Respighi is a highly prolific twentieth century Italian composer. Despite composing during the same time as his more dissonant contemporaries, Respighi had a deep interest in music of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, which led his compositions to be based on the tonalities of these time periods. Respighi is most remembered for his Roman trilogy (Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome, and Roman Festivals) which was composed between 1916 and 1928. All of his orchestral works, however, display the same level of masterful composition which made him famous. This album focuses on his work Sinfonia drammatica. The epic score takes around an hour to perform, and is scored for a large-scale orchestra. Both of these are reasons that the work has been performed and recorded much less than Respighi's other works. In addition to the Sinfonia drammatica, this release includes the more widely known Belfagor Overture. This work, composed in 1924, reutilizes material from an opera of the same name which had been poorly received in 1923.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
Neschling admirably sustains the fever pitch throughout - nothing becomes overblown or unduly hysterical - and the playing is first-rate in its dark intensity and force. The filler is the Belfagor overture... an attractively scored piece of diablerie, superbly played.

MusicWeb International, October 2016
A fine performance and vivid recording of Respighi's Sinfonia drammatica.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Salle Philharmonique, Liège, Belgium (04/2015).



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>Respighi, Ottorino : Sinfonia drammatica, P. 102
  • Conductor: John Neschling
  • Ensemble: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
  • Running Time: 58 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914

>Respighi, Ottorino : Belfagor, concert overture, for orchestra (after opera "Belfagor"), P. 140
  • Conductor: John Neschling
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924