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« Reply #180 on: June 06, 2020, 08:08:53 PM »
Consulting my notes, I also enjoyed Respighi's String Quartet and Piano Quintet, listening some years ago. I also find mention of great appreciation of the Piano Concerti with Tozer, but I don't seem to have listened to the Toccata, according to my notes and memory.

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« Reply #181 on: June 07, 2020, 01:57:33 AM »
Consulting my notes, I also enjoyed Respighi's String Quartet and Piano Quintet, listening some years ago. I also find mention of great appreciation of the Piano Concerti with Tozer, but I don't seem to have listened to the Toccata, according to my notes and memory.

Regarding Respighi’s concertante works for piano and orchestra, I enjoy the Toccata (and the Fantasia slava) much more than the piano concerti.

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« Reply #182 on: June 07, 2020, 04:20:18 AM »
Regarding Respighi’s concertante works for piano and orchestra, I enjoy the Toccata (and the Fantasia slava) much more than the piano concerti.

I like the concertos a lot, the small concerto on Naxos, and Misolidio on Chandos.
 
The recordings of the works on those two labels are very different from each other.

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« Reply #183 on: June 07, 2020, 10:35:14 AM »
Regarding Respighi’s concertante works for piano and orchestra, I enjoy the Toccata (and the Fantasia slava) much more than the piano concerti.

+1 I revisited the A minor Piano Concerto last night and found it to be a pleasant but unremarkable work. Also, I greatly enjoy the gorgeous Adagio von variazioni for cello and orchestra:

https://youtu.be/yo5cGnIU56c
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« Reply #184 on: June 07, 2020, 10:40:06 AM »
Yes, I have Kyle although can't remember too much about it. My favourites of Respighi are Church Windows, Concerto Gregoriano, Concerto in Modo Misolidio ( 8)), Botticelli Pictures, Pines of Rome, Ballad of the Gnomes, Metamorphoseon, Poem Autunalle, Suite for Strings and Organ and there is some very fine chamber music:


Indeed, that Chandos chamber CD is excellent. It shows a more intimate side to the composer that many people don’t know about.
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« Reply #185 on: June 07, 2020, 12:11:08 PM »
+1 I revisited the A minor Piano Concerto last night and found it to be a pleasant but unremarkable work. Also, I greatly enjoy the gorgeous Adagio von variazioni for cello and orchestra:

https://youtu.be/yo5cGnIU56c

the Adagio is one of his great works - just too short to feature in many concert programmes frustratingly.  Nice alongside some of those short Bruch cello concertante works perhaps?

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« Reply #186 on: June 07, 2020, 11:49:58 PM »
Also, I greatly enjoy the gorgeous Adagio von variazioni for cello and orchestra:
https://youtu.be/yo5cGnIU56c
the Adagio is one of his great works - just too short to feature in many concert programmes frustratingly.  Nice alongside some of those short Bruch cello concertante works perhaps?
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« Reply #187 on: June 08, 2020, 11:07:14 AM »
Thought I should jump on the Respighi bandwagon. Believe it or not I have never owned this CD before now, having just received a second-hand copy. I did, however, own it on audio-cassette in the days before I owned a CD player. 'The Ballad of the Gnomes' really is quite something in its technicolor garishness and yet is is immediately followed by the beautifully lyrical Agagio with Variations for Cello and Orchestra. Then on to the poetic and moving Botticelli Pictures and ending with the fine Suite for Organ and Strings. One of the great Respghi CDs I think with more praise for Geoffrey Simon, Alexander Baillie, Leslie Pearson, The Philharmonia and Cala Records:
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« Reply #188 on: June 08, 2020, 11:23:54 AM »
Thought I should jump on the Respighi bandwagon. Believe it or not I have never owned this CD before now, having just received a second-hand copy. I did, however, own it on audio-cassette in the days before I owned a CD player. 'The Ballad of the Gnomes' really is quite something in its technicolor garishness and yet is is immediately followed by the beautifully lyrical Agagio with Variations for Cello and Orchestra. Then on to the poetic and moving Botticelli Pictures and ending with the fine Suite for Organ and Strings. One of the great Respghi CDs I think with more praise for Geoffrey Simon, Alexander Baillie, Leslie Pearson, The Philharmonia and Cala Records:


Yes, indeed. That’s a glorious recording, Jeffrey. It’s been reissued on hybrid SACD, which is issue I own:

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« Reply #189 on: June 08, 2020, 12:18:05 PM »
Yes, indeed. That’s a glorious recording, Jeffrey. It’s been reissued on hybrid SACD, which is issue I own:


Yes, that one was quite expensive John so I had to make do with the original CD release which was cheaper (but plays fine). Just to lower the tone, a theme in the Suite for Strings and Organ kept reminding me of Ron Goodwin's score for the film 'Where Eagles Dare'!
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« Reply #190 on: June 08, 2020, 12:33:31 PM »
Yes, that one was quite expensive John so I had to make do with the original CD release which was cheaper (but plays fine). Just to lower the tone, a theme in the Suite for Strings and Organ kept reminding me of Ron Goodwin's score for the film 'Where Eagles Dare'!

I’ll have to revisit that recording, Jeffrey. It’s been too long since I’ve listened to it.

P.S. I love your avatar. I wonder where you got it? ;) ;D
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« Reply #191 on: June 08, 2020, 01:59:15 PM »
I’ll have to revisit that recording, Jeffrey. It’s been too long since I’ve listened to it.

P.S. I love your avatar. I wonder where you got it? ;) ;D

Yes, it's a long story John and far too difficult and complex to explain, especially as it's almost midnight here.
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« Reply #192 on: June 08, 2020, 03:01:23 PM »
Yes, it's a long story John and far too difficult and complex to explain, especially as it's almost midnight here.
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