- Audio CD (March 17 2008)
- SPARS Code: ADD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Decca - Universal Special Imports
- Run Time: 74.00 minutes
- ASIN: B00004TEV0
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Feste Romane/Pini Di Roma
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Respighi: Feste romane, Pini di Roma / Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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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