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Donald Macleod sees Respighi enjoying success at home and abroad during the 1920s, including music based on Botticelli's famous painting, The Birth of Venus.

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. 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.

Today, Donald Macleod sees Respighi enjoying success at home and abroad during the 1920s, including music based on Botticelli's famous painting 'The Birth of Venus'. However, disputes wtih the managers of the La Scala theatre in Milan threaten to scupper his latest opera project.

Dance Of The Gnomes
Philharmonia Orchestra
Geoffrey Simon, conductor

Adagio Con Variazioni, for cello and orchestra
Mischa Maisky, cello
Orchestre De Paris
Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Belfagor (excerpt from Act I)
Lajos Miller (Ipsilonne), baritone
Sylvia Sass (Candida), soprano
Magda Kalmár (Fidelia) ,soprano
Mária Zempléni (Maddalena), soprano)
László Polgár (Mirocleto), bass
Hungarian Radio and Television Chorus
Hungarian State Orchestra
Lamberto Gardelli, conductor

Trittico Botticelliano: I. Spring, III. The Birth Of Venus
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Ottorino Respighi

    Adagio con Variazioni, arr. for cello and orchestra

    Performer: Mischa Maisky. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP : 435 781-2-.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP.
    • 3.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Uh! Poveretta me!; Candida! (Belfagor, Act I)

    Singer: Sylvia Sass. Singer: Giorgio Lamberti. Choir: Magyar Rádió és Televízió énekkara. Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar. Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli.
    • HUNGAROTON : HCD-12850/51.
    • HUNGAROTON.
    • 12.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    I. Spring; III. The Birth of Venus (Trittico Botticelliano)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 437-533-2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 14.

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