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Episode 1

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 31 December 2012

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) remains one of the most popular - and controversial - Italian composers of the 20th century: a man caught in time between the high Romantic drama of his predecessors Verdi and Puccini, and the Futurism and avant-garde musical experiments of his later compatriots Dallapiccola, Berio and Scelsi.

Respighi chose a different route - his work often infused with the music of a halcyon past. Many of Respighi's work look back to the Italian Baroque - some even to Gregorian chant. Yet they remain charmingly, distinctively blended with his own 20th-century musical language. Respighi's "Roman Trilogy" - comprising the colourful orchestral pieces "Fountains of Rome", "Pines Of Rome" and "Roman Festivals" - are amongst the most-performed concert showpieces of the last 100 years, and notoriously were among Benito Mussolini most cherished pieces of music. Yet his other works are largely unknown to the general public.

This week Donald Macleod - like Respighi - takes a path less trodden as he presents a series of lesser-known masterpieces from the pen of this Italian master.

In the first programme of the week, he explores Respighi's rise to fame in the first decade of the 20th century, and his relationship with his lifelong muse, his wife Elsa.

Music Played

18 items
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    Ottorino Respighi Fontane di Roma - symphonic poem

    Conductor: Sakari ORAMO Performer: Finnish R S O

    ONDINE, ODE11652

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    Ottorino Respighi Concerto gregoriano for violin and orchestra

    Conductor: Charles DUTOIT Performer: French National Orchestra

    DECCA, 4433242, -5

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    Ottorino Respighi Stornallatrice

    Performer: Elsa RESPIGHI - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Ottorino RESPIGHI - Piano

    Pierian Recording Society, PIR0024

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    Ottorino Respighi Nebbie [Mists] for voice and piano

    Performer: Alfredo KRAUS - Tenor Performer: Edelmiro ARNALTES - Piano

    CAPRICCIO, 10272-

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    Ottorino Respighi Tanto Bella

    Performer: Alfredo KRAUS - Tenor Performer: Edelmiro ARNALTES - Piano

    CAPRICCIO, 10272-

  • Image for Elsa Respighi

    Elsa Respighi Una Sol Cosa ? Certa

    Performer: Massimo PALUMBO - Piano Performer: Tiziana CISTERNINO - Soprano

    NUOVA ERA, 7182

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    Elsa Respighi Momento (from Tre Canzone Spagnole)

    Performer: Massimo PALUMBO - Piano Performer: Tiziana CISTERNINO - Soprano

    NUOVA ERA, 7182

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    Ottorino Respighi Suite in G major for organ and orchestra

    Conductor: Francois-Xavier ROTH Performer: Peter KING - Organ Performer: BBC National Orchestra Of Wales

    Regent, REG CD 257

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    Ottorino Respighi Il Tramonto, for soprano and string quartet (1914)

    Performer: Magdelena Kozena - Mezzo-soprano

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, 4715812

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    Ottorino Respighi Fountains of Rome II. The Triton Fountain in the morning

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    Ottorino Respighi Concerto Gregoriano - II. Andante Espressivo E Sostenuto

    DECCA 4433242, 5

  • Image for Ottorino Respighi

    Ottorino Respighi Stornallatrice

    Pierian Recording Society: PIR0024, 17

  • Image for Ottorino Respighi

    Ottorino Respighi Nebbie

    CAPRICCIO: 10272

  • Image for Ottorino Respighi

    Ottorino Respighi Tanto Bella

    CAPRICCIO: 10272

  • Image for Elsa Respighi

    Elsa Respighi Una Sol Cosa E Certa

    NUOVA ERA: 7182, 5

  • Image for Elsa Respighi

    Elsa Respighi Momento (from Tre Canzone Spagnole)

    NUOVA ERA: 7182, 6

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    Ottorino Respighi Suite in G (1905)- II. Aria - Lent

    REGENT REGCD:257, 2

  • Image for Ottorino Respighi

    Ottorino Respighi Il Tramonto, for soprano and string quartet (1914)

    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON: 4715812, 9

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