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And so to Rossiniana: a reworking of slight piano pieces by the composer of An Italian Girl in Algiers, The Barber of Seville, The Thieving Magpie and William Tell. The four movements -- Allegretto, Lamento, Intermezzo and a hugely infectious Tarantella -- are so full of Respighi's colourful and rhythmically diverse orchestration that they bring the curtain down to 'Bravos' from me and (I don't doubt) very many others.

Listen -- Tarantella (Rossiniana)
(track 11, 5:57-7:09) © 2007 Naxos Rights International Ltd

The Naxos/Respighi CD notes (front and back) shows four stained glass windows at St Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo, NY.

Stained glass windows at St Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo, NY, USA
Stained glass windows at St Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo, NY, USA

Here the Buffalo team meet 'head-to-head' with the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Gianandrea Noseda (Chandos) in stellar Respighi performances, including Burlesca, Preludio, Corale e Fuga, Rossiniana and Five Etudes Tableaux (after Rachmaninov).

The price differential tips the scales unquestionably in Buffalo's favour. Bravo!

Copyright © 20 May 2008 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand


Respighi: Church Windows

8.557711 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 65'26" 2007 Naxos Rights International

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows) (La fuga in Egitto; San Michele Arcangelo; Il mattutino di Santa Chiara; San Gregorio Magno); Impressioni brasiliane (Brazilian Impressions) (Notte tropicale; Butantan; Canzona e danza); Rossiniana: Suite for Orchestra (Allegretto - Andantino - Allegretto; Lamento: Andantino maestoso; Intermezzo: Allegretto moderato - Poco più mosso - Tempo 1; Tarantella: Allegro Vivacissimo - Andante religioso - Tempo 1)


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