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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #200 on: October 20, 2021, 07:50:13 PM »
Cross-posted from the WAYLT thread:

Respighi: Poema autunnale



https://youtu.be/7zOVjXbvUKI

I'm not sure why I didn't respond to this work the first time I had listened - maybe it was the recording I listened to (the one on Chandos, I believe). Anyway, this is a stunning recording of a incandescently gorgeous work that is truly Respighi at his colorful, lyrical best. A prime candidate for the "non-concerto works for soloist and orchestra" thread, for sure. I'd love to hear Julia Fischer tackle the Concerto Gregoriano now!
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #201 on: October 20, 2021, 09:33:44 PM »
Cross-posted from the WAYLT thread:

Respighi: Poema autunnale



https://youtu.be/7zOVjXbvUKI

I'm not sure why I didn't respond to this work the first time I had listened - maybe it was the recording I listened to (the one on Chandos, I believe). Anyway, this is a stunning recording of a incandescently gorgeous work that is truly Respighi at his colorful, lyrical best. A prime candidate for the "non-concerto works for soloist and orchestra" thread, for sure. I'd love to hear Julia Fischer tackle the Concerto Gregoriano now!

A gorgeous work and I actually like the Mordkovitch performance very much. Perhaps you just weren't in the right frame of mind when you listened to it before?
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #202 on: October 21, 2021, 06:22:46 AM »
A gorgeous work and I actually like the Mordkovitch performance very much. Perhaps you just weren't in the right frame of mind when you listened to it before?

Perhaps, but truth be told, I’m generally not as big a fan of Mordkovitch’s violin playing as many people here on GMG. I do admire how much lesser-known repertoire she’s recorded, though.
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #203 on: October 21, 2021, 06:26:58 AM »
Truth be told, I’m not nearly as big a fan of Mordkovitch’s violin playing as many people here on GMG. I do admire how much lesser-known repertoire she’s recorded, though.

Violinists, like any other soloist, have such a personal sound and style that you're either pulled in to what they're doing or you're not. Mordkovitch, like any violinist before or after her, will have her detractors. I've never had any issues with her playing and find that she plays with much feeling.
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #204 on: October 21, 2021, 06:53:38 AM »
Violinists, like any other soloist, have such a personal sound and style that you're either pulled in to what they're doing or you're not. Mordkovitch, like any violinist before or after her, will have her detractors. I've never had any issues with her playing and find that she plays with much feeling.

I put Mordkovitch among the very best. Such a beautiful and fluid tone.

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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #205 on: October 21, 2021, 07:00:44 AM »
I put Mordkovitch among the very best. Such a beautiful and fluid tone.

She has quite an alluring sound, indeed.
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #206 on: October 21, 2021, 12:12:30 PM »
Cross-posted from the WAYLT thread:

Respighi: Poema autunnale



https://youtu.be/7zOVjXbvUKI

I'm not sure why I didn't respond to this work the first time I had listened - maybe it was the recording I listened to (the one on Chandos, I believe). Anyway, this is a stunning recording of a incandescently gorgeous work that is truly Respighi at his colorful, lyrical best. A prime candidate for the "non-concerto works for soloist and orchestra" thread, for sure. I'd love to hear Julia Fischer tackle the Concerto Gregoriano now!

Love that piece! It's like an Italian equivalent to VW's The Lark Ascending in my view, albeit I prefer Poema autunnale much more.
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« Reply #207 on: October 26, 2021, 09:59:51 AM »
Love that piece! It's like an Italian equivalent to VW's The Lark Ascending in my view, albeit I prefer Poema autunnale much more.

Same here. Despite being a huge RVW fan, I find the Respighi work considerably more interesting.
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #208 on: October 26, 2021, 11:06:35 PM »
Same here. Despite being a huge RVW fan, I find the Respighi work considerably more interesting.
And IMO Robin Milford's 'The Darkling Thrush' is best of all, much as I like the Respighi. The VW has been a bit over-exposed (top of Classical FM playlist etc) .
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #209 on: October 29, 2021, 04:05:11 PM »
Cross-posted from the WAYLT thread:

Respighi: Poema autunnale



https://youtu.be/7zOVjXbvUKI

I'm not sure why I didn't respond to this work the first time I had listened - maybe it was the recording I listened to (the one on Chandos, I believe). Anyway, this is a stunning recording of a incandescently gorgeous work that is truly Respighi at his colorful, lyrical best. A prime candidate for the "non-concerto works for soloist and orchestra" thread, for sure. I'd love to hear Julia Fischer tackle the Concerto Gregoriano now!

This was a gorgeous album!  Every work was excellent and beautifully performed.  Thanks for the recommendation.

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« Reply #210 on: October 30, 2021, 01:33:20 AM »
This was a gorgeous album!  Every work was excellent and beautifully performed.  Thanks for the recommendation.

Ordered a copy - great programme.  Kreizberg was a very fine conductor as well and acheived some tremendous things.  His early death was a genuine tragedy........

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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #211 on: October 30, 2021, 06:36:35 AM »
A work that seldom gets mentioned when talking about Respighi is the Belfagor Overture. What a piece! I only have two performances of it: Downes on Chandos and Neschling on BIS, but both are outstanding. Anyone else like this work as well?

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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #212 on: October 30, 2021, 07:17:48 AM »
A work that seldom gets mentioned when talking about Respighi is the Belfagor Overture. What a piece! I only have two performances of it: Downes on Chandos and Neschling on BIS, but both are outstanding. Anyone else like this work as well?

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Yes, very much so. I like Balfagor's wry mood, and on that Neschling recording in particular, I favor it to the massive Sinfonia Drammatica, although that work could use a revisit from me.

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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #213 on: October 30, 2021, 07:29:11 AM »
Yes, very much so. I like Balfagor's wry mood, and on that Neschling recording in particular, I favor it to the massive Sinfonia Drammatica, although that work could use a revisit from me.

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Of course, I haven't heard the opera this overture comes from --- in fact, I haven't heard any of Respighi's operas. Yeah, I'm not too fond of the Sinfonia Drammatica either.
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #214 on: October 30, 2021, 07:35:20 AM »
A work that seldom gets mentioned when talking about Respighi is the Belfagor Overture. What a piece! I only have two performances of it: Downes on Chandos and Neschling on BIS, but both are outstanding. Anyone else like this work as well?

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/KYWSkMKADb8" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/KYWSkMKADb8</a>
Thanks for posting that video; I hadn't heard it (or of it) before now.

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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #215 on: October 30, 2021, 07:41:20 AM »
Of course, I haven't heard the opera this overture comes from --- in fact, I haven't heard any of Respighi's operas.

Oh, I assumed it was a concert overture. Color me intrigued.

It looks like the only CD recording is on Hungaroton (of the opera).

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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #216 on: October 30, 2021, 08:26:57 AM »
Oh, I assumed it was a concert overture. Color me intrigued.

It looks like the only CD recording is on Hungaroton (of the opera).

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I’m not that much of a fan of Respighi, but do very much like the opera Belfagor. The Hungaroton recording you mention does not include the overture which, as you assume, seems to be an independent piece. I cannot find much information, but the overture appears to be  composed one year after the opera received its premiere in 1923.
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #217 on: October 30, 2021, 05:58:28 PM »
I’m not that much if a fan of Respighi, but do very much like the opera Belfagor. The Hungaroton recording you mention does not include the overture which, as you assume, seems to be an independent piece. I cannot find much information, but the overture appears to be  composed one year after the opera received its premiere in 1923.

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Some years later, in the early 1920s, Respighi composed an opera, Belfagor, to a libretto by the literary critic and poet Claudio Guastalla, who was to become his regular librettist, based on a comedy by the Florentine poet Ercole Luigi Moreselli. The opera was first performed in April 1923 but met with scant success. Aware of the quality of the opera’s thematic material, and keen to avoid relegating it to obscurity, Respighi returned to the story and to some of the themes the following year to produce the orchestral overture Belfagor, independent of the opera; the overture was premièred at the Carnegie Hall in New York in February 1926, conducted by Otto Klemperer.
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #218 on: October 30, 2021, 06:08:23 PM »
A work that seldom gets mentioned when talking about Respighi is the Belfagor Overture. What a piece! I only have two performances of it: Downes on Chandos and Neschling on BIS, but both are outstanding. Anyone else like this work as well?

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I remember it being good fun, with a wizardry wit in there. The orchestral colour and the excitement of the work assure a formidably alluring pieces. And... I remember being thrilled by the Sinfonia drammatica, which is a hell of a great symphonic conception by a relatively young composer.

Chandos is the performance of my preference.
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Re: Ottorino Respighi(1879-1936)
« Reply #219 on: October 30, 2021, 07:34:09 PM »
I remember it being good fun, with a wizardry wit in there. The orchestral colour and the excitement of the work assure a formidably alluring pieces. And... I remember being thrilled by the Sinfonia drammatica, which is a hell of a great symphonic conception by a relatively young composer.

Chandos is the performance of my preference.

Your high praise of the work has certainly piqued my interest in hearing the Sinfonia drammatica again.
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