Antal Dorati - Respighi: Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute


Speakers Corner (Mercury Living Presence)



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The common practice in concert houses today of performing early music on modern orchestral instruments is owed largely to the endeavors of Ottorino Respighi. His free transcription of Renaissance works for the lute (1932) opened the way to the rediscovery of forgotten rhythms and timbres. Although Respighi altered the structure of the music by dissecting phrases right down to their basic elements, re-ordering them and redefining their sonority by the use of heavy brass and timpani, the art of the ancient maestri remained unscathed. Cadences and harmonic idioms are given a modern coloring at the most, but are never destroyed. Antal Dorati and his famous Philharmonia Hungarica have all that is needed to bring the score to life. Even in opulent passages the individual instruments can be heard distinctly. This works particularly well in the first two suites in which each movement is treated to a process of refinement by means of differing orchestration. That the third suite, written purely for stringed instruments, soars away, just like the proverbial Aeolian harp is only to be expected from this orchestra.

Suite 1 for Orchestra
Suite 2 for Orchestra
Suite 3 for Strings

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Great job

posted on 07/10/2011
5 Stars
This recording is true to the merc sound! speakers corners does a great great job with the Living Presence reissues. I just put my nest order in

excellent Merc Repro

posted on 03/17/2009
4 Stars

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