Fritz Reiner - Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome



3-track mix included



RCA Living Stereos — the gold standard for top quality orchestral performance and sound!

Remastered from the original master tape by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound

"On the Analogue Productions SACD, the treble cacophony is bathed in a cushion of hall ambience that is far more realistic and less strident. This music does not sound shrill in the concert hall and it doesn't here. ... The Pines of the Janiculum is in some ways even more amazing with its silky sweet strings, every detail of Respighi's shimmering orchestration and a nightingale suspended in space like no other." — Arthur Lintgen, The Absolute Sound, January 2015

"My initial impressions are pretty clear: the new Analogue Productions RCA Living Stereo SACDs are definitely an improvement over the older BMG/RCA SACDs. In fact, there's no doubt about it in my listening sessions. ... there is a better sense of space, more detail and deeper, richer lower frequencies. ... The dynamics on the APO SACD are better, of a certainty, to my ears. ... This is a remarkable accomplishment." — David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief, Positive Feedback Online. Read Robinson's full review here: http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue72/Scheherazade.htm

A highly sought-after RCA shaded dog Living Stereo title, the performance and sonics found within rate a 10/10. A must have — the dynamics are monstrous! Whichever other Respighi tone poem recordings you ultimately purchase, you MUST own this one. Since the early ‘60s it has been the standard by which all others have been judged, and in terms of both sound and performance, it has never really been surpassed. The final march of Pines is simply incredible: Thundering bass drum, crashing cymbals and gongs, bellowing brass — nobody since has brought the whole thing off with the same combination of excitement and discipline.



Ottorino Respighi (1870-1936)
Pines Of Rome
1. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
2. The Pines Near a Catacomb
3. The Pines of the Janiculum
4. The Pines of the Appian Way

Fountains Of Rome
5. The Fountain of Valle Giulia at Dawn
6. The Triton Fountain at Morn
7. The Fountain of Trevi at Mid-day
8. The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset

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