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Respighi: La Boutique Fantasque, etc / Noseda, BBC PO

Album Summary

>Respighi, Ottorino : La boutique fantasque
>Respighi, Ottorino : La pentola magica, ballet on Russian melodies, P. 129
>Respighi, Ottorino : Arrangement
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Notes & Reviews:

"The playing of the BBC Philharmonic may not be quite as polished as that of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, but it is generally more expressive, with 'rubato' that dancers would not welcome in a staging. The Chandos sound, satisfyingly full and bright, matches the performance." - Edward Greenfield, Gramophone

BBC Music Magazine
The BBC Philharmonic under principal conductor Gianandrea Noseda plays it all with a straight face and makes a real success of things...

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Noseda's vigorous account of La Boutique fantasque makes a fine coupling with two rarities which similarly show off Respighi's brilliance as an orchestrator of others' music. La Pentolamagica ('The magic pot') is a ballet score from 1920 whose scenario has been lost, though the titles of the ten brief movements give an idea of the Russian story behind it. Respighi drew on relatively neglected Russian composers such as Grechaninov, Arensky and Rubinstein, and Polish-born Pachulski, as well as including his arrangements of Russian folk themes. Slow music and a relaxed mood predominates in evocative orchestration. His joy in orchestral sound is even more striking in the exuberant account of his arrangement of Bach's D major Prelude and Fugue, with rich, weighty brass and dramatic contrasts of timbre and dynamic. The performance of La Boutique fantasque has similar zest. The playing of the BBC Philharmonic is expressive, with rubato that dancers wouldn't welcome on stage. The speeds tend to be a trifle extreme, bringing an apt and enjoyable sense of danger in the pointing of the tricky woodwind flurries dotted through the score. The Chandos sound, satisfyingly full and bright, matches the performance.



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>Respighi, Ottorino : La boutique fantasque
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/02/2002/10/06/2002)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1918

>Respighi, Ottorino : La pentola magica, ballet on Russian melodies, P. 129
  • Performer: Hannah Sawle (Treble)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/02/2002/10/06/2002)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1920

>Respighi, Ottorino : Arrangement :: Bach's Organ Prelude & Fugue in D major, for orchestra, P. 158
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (10/02/2002/10/06/2002)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1929