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

Total download size: 1.50GB Total play length: 36:53

Cover art and liner notes included

Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog masters, DSD file created by Gus Skinas of the Super Audio Center

"On the Analogue Productions version, 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 version are definitely an improvement over the older one. 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 this are better, of a certainty, to my ears. ... This is a remarkable accomplishment." 

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.

The first batch from a series of 25 cherry-picked RCA Living Stereo classics. Many more to come!

1. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
2. Pines Near a Catacomb
3. The Pines of the Janiculum
4. The Pines of the Appian Way
5. The Fountain of Valle Giulia at Dawn
6. The Triton Fountain at Morning
7. The Fountain of Trevi at Midday
8. The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset

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