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Feste Romane/Pini Di Roma

Lorin Maazel Audio CD
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1. 1. Circenses
2. 2. Il giubileo
3. 3. L'Ottobrata
4. 4. La Befana
5. The Pines of Villa Borghese (I pini di Villa Borghese)
6. The Pines near a Catacomb (Pini presso una catacomba)
7. The Pines of the Janiculum (I pini del Gianicolo)
8. The Pines of the Appian Way (I pini della Via Appia)
9. 1. King Dodon in his Palace
10. 2. King Dodon on the Battlefield
11. 3. King Dodon with Queen Chimaka
12. 4. Marriage Feast and Lamentable End of King Dodon

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More sonic blockbusters from the Decca vaults. Both the Respighi tone poems in particular receive stunningly realistic and wide-ranging treatment from the recording engineers, while the Clevelanders respond with jaw-dropping discipline and sophistication. In Feste romane, Maazel uncovers more ear-burning detail within Respighi's kaleidoscopic orchestral canvas than any other rival (listening with the miniature score to hand is nothing short of a revelation). The results are intensely refreshing, if perhaps just a little heartless. Similarly, Pines of Rome brings another giddily assured display, aptly overwhelming in its sense of all-engulfing spectacle, yet ravishingly beautiful too in the fragrant third section (at the close of which Respighi magically incorporates the sound of a genuine nightingale). The luxuriant sheen of the Cleveland strings both here and in the gorgeous third movement of the orchestral suite from Rimsky-Korsakov's final opera The Golden Cockerel remains a thing of wonder, as are the breathtaking co-ordination and bite these artists bring to King Dodon's demise in the closing tableau. Elsewhere, Maazel wrings every drop of "once upon a time" wonder from Rimsky's fantastical inspiration, and Decca's 1979 sound is fabulously rich and glowing to match. --Andrew Achenbach

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5.0 out of 5 stars Why people rave about the Cleveland Orchestra Sept. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
Heavens, what a sonic spectacular this is -- arguably the finest version of the gaudy "Feste Romane" ever recorded, and the mid-1970's sound needs no defense. Maazel just whips up a huge explosion of color, energy and detail, and the great Cleveland Orchestra shows why many discriminating listeners think this is one of the best ensembles in the world.
The "Pines" is also superb, even if it perhaps faces stiffer competition with so many other excellent versions available. But Maazel's pacing, coupled with the Cleveland musicians out in full force, makes this a contender for many "top" lists. I confess that the Rimsky-Korsakov suite, imaginative as it is, somehow hasn't hooked me as immediately as the Respighi works. But in any case, it is delivered with the same high-level playing, and Maazel deserves credit for reproducing the score's full spectrum.
While I like versions of "Pines" and "Feste" by Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra (EMI) and a budget version on Naxos with Batiz and the Royal Philharmonic, the overwhelming impact of this recording is hard to resist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling, and I'm far from a Maazel fan. Jan. 22 2001
Format:Audio CD
Why can't Lorin Maazel always perform like this? These are showpieces that will knock your socks off. They're also sonically amazing. The reviewer below who says Bernstein is better has missed the point, I think: Yeah Lennie is more intense (though not really...he's just shriller and faster) in the outer sections of Festivals, but the inner sections, which are more contemplative and lyrical, are brittle and unfelt with Lenny, gorgeous with Maazel. (Hear the sumptuous Cleveland strings in the that close out part two, just before the mandolin movement enters!) If you want just loud thrills, the classical equivalnet of a hard rock band banging while you crank up the amplifier, go with Lenny. If you want shades and colors *and* a finale that will threaten your plaster, this is the one. (Maazel also uses a real glockenspiel for the churchbell, whereas Lenny flubs by with a combination triangle and piano note struck in unison.)
The Pines recording is also dazzling, with a very rich, almost spiritual middle two sections. The last movement here is a little trite maybe, but few conductors pull this off really well to my ears. (It actually works better *slower,* which gives it a greater majesty and a "finale" quality, but most conductors try to up the temperature by going in fast, and Maazel is no exception. Neither is Lenny, by the way.) This is a superb disc, and I'm thrilled Decca had the good sense to bring it to life on CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Recording Sept. 25 2002
Format:Audio CD
Wanting a great recording of Pines of Rome, I surveyed the offerings and many suggested this is the best.
Have not heard the rest, but this is superb! It offers four movements orchestrating Roman settings where pines flourish. One in the midday sun, the next in twilight, the third of a nocturne nature introduces a nightingale as a nice touch. The finale, a Roman army triumphantly marching with a ominous conclusion.
The conductor and orchestra exemplify the balances providing great texture and clarity. The recording as others have noted from Decca is outstanding.
Enjoy the Rimsky-Korsakov offering with its exotic Oriental coloring in The Golden Cockerel. It has some wonderful offerings.
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By Shota
Format:Audio CD
For "Roman Festivals", Maazel with the Cleveland Orchestra is pretty energetic, but I don't think not as much as Bernstein's performance with the New York Phil. You should buy his CD instead if you only want "Roman Festivals".
For "Pines of Rome", on the other hand, TWO THUMBS UP! The climax is superb! (But I also love the performance by Karajan with the Berlin Phil, and the one by Ormandy with the Philadelphia Orchestra.) If you never heard of "Pines of Rome" before, then you should buy this CD, and feel the orchestral triumpth! (It is my very favorite music so far. If you love dynamic classical music, you will definitely love this music.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Sonics and Inspired Performance Feb. 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Looking for an outstanding performance of the The Pines of Rome, look no further. The Cleveland Orchestra and its outstanding brass section breathe life into this Orchestral showpiece. In addition, the transfer to CD preserves the incredible sonics of the original Decca analog recording.
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