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This album from MDG Records features the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn playing music by Ottorino Respighi.
3 Corali(3 Chorales) - J.S. Bach, arranged by Respighi
Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome
Like an impressionist painter, Respighi sketches Botticelli’s three most important works: Spring, The Adoration of the Magi, and The Birth of Venus. Early baroque stylistic quotations pervade these atmospheric pictures, which are rendered musically with a small orchestra’s fine brush strokes.
We encounter a completely different compositional facet in the arranger Respighi, who adapted a whole series of organ works by Bach for symphony orchestra and with them produced top-quality orchestral compositions. Amazing but true: Bach’s baroque and the romantic era are a perfect match!
Respighi’s Pines of Rome is one of his most famous works, and these highly appealing musical atmospheric pictures fully exploit the tone colors of the large symphonic orchestra. Here MDG’s 3D recording technique is employed to perfection when the nightingale prescribed in the score is heard above up front on the left, the faraway trumpet position on the neighboring hill is heard up on the right, and the fluegelhorn part completely surrounds the listeners from behind.