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Respighi: Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome

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>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
>Respighi, Ottorino : Fountains of Rome
>Respighi, Ottorino : Feste romane

Album Summary

>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
>Respighi, Ottorino : Fountains of Rome
>Respighi, Ottorino : Feste romane
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"It's also worth pointing out that Col. Lowell E. Graham's conducting is not just strong and forthright, but it's remarkably sensitive to balance and color, even in heavily scored passages. The very opening of "Pines" gives the harps a welcome prominence that they haven't enjoyed since Reiner's classic RCA recording. In short, even if you're not normally a collector of band music recordings, you might want to give this disc serious consideration. Great music-making, after all, speaks for itself." -ClassicsToday (10/10)

"The fact that these band arrangements sound almost identical, much of the time, to the orchestral originals is due in part to the skill of arranger Lawrence Odom, and to the fact that Respighi gave so much material to the winds and brasses. But it is also because this band is superb. Perhaps the most impressive moments are not in the well-known wind brass passages, but in ones Respighi gave to strings...Conductor Lowell Graham had a big role in shaping the readings, too, of course. And the engineers captured it all in vivid, spacious, resonant sound."-American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Center for the Performing Arts, George Mason Univer (06/17/1997-06/18/1997).



Reviews

The Best Recording
The United States Air Force Band recorded several masterworks of classical music under the baton of Col. Lowell Graham. This CD, Respighi's Roman Trlogy, was recorded in 1997 and released earlier on the Air Force Band Label as well as bby Mark Music. Graham's interpretation of these classic showcases leaves nothing to be desired. The Pines of Rome is gentle in The Pines of the Janiculum, allowing the song of the nioghtingale to be heard as Respighi intended. The Pines of the Apian Way is as fierce and frightening as were the Roman legions it depicts. The brilliant sound of Roman Festivals is more briliant than any orchestral performance. The U.S. Air Force Band has given us the ultimate recording of Respighi's masterpieces.
Submitted on 09/08/10 by Doug Shands 
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>Respighi, Ottorino : Pines of Rome
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Notes: The Center for the Performing Arts, George Mason University, Farfax VA (06/17/1997-06/18/1997)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924

>Respighi, Ottorino : Fountains of Rome
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Notes: The Center for the Performing Arts, George Mason University, Farfax VA (06/17/1997-06/18/1997)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1915

>Respighi, Ottorino : Feste romane
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Notes: The Center for the Performing Arts, George Mason University, Farfax VA (06/17/1997-06/18/1997)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928