Respighi: Vetrate di Chiesa; Il Tramonto; Trittico botticelliano Anna Caterina Antonacci Primary Artist
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This album is part of a cycle by Brazilian conductor John Neschling covering the orchestral works of {|Respighi|} and thus touching on some less often heard material. Those acquiring the entire cycle will find nothing to complain about here: the main attraction, the Vetrate di Chiesa (Church Windows) of 1927, has the whole range of orchestral colors one expects from this composer, beautifully rendered by the {|Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège|}. And the little orchestral song Il Tramonto (The Sunset), on a translated poem of {|Percy Bysshe Shelley|}, is lovely, with fine sound from BIS. If you're just coming to Neschling's cycle, there's a reason the later Respighi tone poems, with the exception of Roman Festivals, are not heard as often as the earlier ones: Respighi seems increasingly to be retracing his steps. The Trittico Botticelliano of 1927, based on some famous {|Botticelli|} paintings, is evocative and colorful, but the Vetrate di Chiesa, three of whose movements employ material from a piano work based on Gregorian chant, has a heaviness that you don't find in the classic Respighi works. Your mileage may vary, and as performances of these rather rare works, these would be hard to top.


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