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OTTORINO RESPIGHI  

(1879 - 1936)

The Italian composer Ottorino Respighi studied music in his native Bologna and later, briefly, with Rimsky-Korsakov in St Petersburg. A viola player and pianist as well as a composer, he settled in Rome in 1913, earning a reputation also for his interest in early music and for his work as a teacher.

Stage Works

As befits an Italian composer, Respighi also wrote music for the theatre, some nine operas and two ballets. These include La bella dormente nel bosco (‘Sleeping Beauty’), originally for marionettes and then a children’s mime. His last opera, completed after his death by his wife, was Lucrezia.

Orchestral Music

Respighi is chiefly known for his vivid symphonic poems, in particular Fontane di Roma (‘Fountains of Rome’), Pini di Roma (‘Pines of Rome’) and Feste romane (‘Roman Festivals’), the last even more a celebration of the revived spirit of nationalism in the Italy of his time. Concertos for violin and for piano occupy a lesser position in general repertoire. Other orchestral compositions include Trittico botticelliano (‘Triptych after Botticelli’) and music from his opera Belfagor.

Vocal Music

Respighi’s gifts for vocal writing are seen in a number of works, including Aretusa, La sensitiva and Il tramonto (all settings of Shelley), La primavera, and his songs based on traditional Armenian poems.

Arrangements

Respighi’s La Boutique fantasque, based on Rossini, is well known to ballet audiences. Other orchestral arrangements include Antiche danze ed arie per liuto (‘Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute’) and Gli uccelli (‘The Birds’), based on compositions by Rameau, Pasquini and others.

Keyboard Music

Respighi’s gifts as a pianist were idiosyncratic, but he wrote and arranged a certain amount of music for piano and for organ, some of the former to suit his own technique.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20TH CENTURY COMPOSITIONS - ORFF, C. / RACHMANINOV, S. / RAVEL, M. / REGER, M. / STRAUSS, R. / STRAVINSKY, I. / RESPIGHI, O. / PROKOFIEV, S. Capriccio
C49007
Orchestral
25 ORCHESTRAL MASTERWORKS FOR BAND Altissimo
75442203032
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (2nd Expanded Edition, 2000) Naxos Educational
8.555319-20
Orchestral
A TO Z OF CONDUCTORS Naxos Educational
8.558087-90
Ballet
ADAGIO E CANTABILE Tactus
TC670001
Chamber Music
Around The World In 80 Minutes Marco Polo
8.223003
Ballet
ART OF BELCANTO (The) - Aliberti, Lucia / Bruson, Renato / Kraus, Alfredo Capriccio
C7035
Vocal
BACH, J.S.: Orchestral Transcriptions by Respighi and Elgar (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.572741
Concertos, Orchestral
BACH, J.S.: Transcriptions and Arrangements (Visions of Bach) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90016
Orchestral
BRUNNER, Heidi: Arias - MOZART, W.A. / WAGNER, R. / HAYDN, J. / RESPIGHI, O. Oehms Classics
OC325
Vocal
BUSONI, F.: Cello and Piano Works (Complete) (Duo Pepicelli) Naxos
8.555691
Chamber Music
CLASSICAL CHILL 2 - The Romantic Collection Naxos
8.578009-10
Orchestral
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Orchestral
EDELMANN, Paul Armin: Romanze Italiane Oehms Classics
OC372
Vocal
ENGINEER'S CHOICE Delos
DE3506
Orchestral
EXTREME CLASSICS Naxos
8.557941-42
Orchestral
Famous Symphonic Poems, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553245
Orchestral
FRANCK / RAVEL / RESPIGHI : Piano Concertos Naxos
8.554679
Concertos
GALA CONCERT FROM ST. PETERSBURG (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2053404
Classical Concert
GALA CONCERT FROM ST. PETERSBURG (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-COGSP
Classical Concert
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Zeit zum Chillen Naxos
8.551302-03
Orchestral
LIEBESLEID - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556615
Orchestral
Marco Polo - The Label of Discovery: Sampler 1 Marco Polo
8.223001
Orchestral
MIDNIGHT LOUNGE - Chill Out Classics and Meditation Capriccio
C49326
Vocal
MUSIC SURROUND SPECTACULAR (THE) - The Tests Delos
DE3179
Orchestral
Naxos Audiophile Kingdom Naxos
8.554915DX
Orchestral
Opera Arias (Soprano): Borsi, Maria Luigia - PUCCINI, G. / VERDI, G. / CATALANI, A. / RESPIGHI, O. (Italian Soprano Arias) Naxos
8.573412
Vocal
Orchestral Music - RESPIGHI, O. / BACH, C.P.E. / MOZART, W.A. / AKUTAGAWA, Y. (Amadeus Duczmal) (Polish Radio Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Duczmal) CD Accord
CDAccordACD207
Orchestral
Organ Recital: Macinanti, Andrea - ROSSINI, G. / SANTOLI, R. / MATTIOLI, G. / PARISINI, F. / GANDINO, A. / RESPIGHI, O. Tactus
TC800002
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Landrum, Michael - FIELD, J. / CHOPIN, F. / RESPIGHI, O. / SCRIABIN, A. / FAURE, G. / FRANCAIX, J. (Nocturnes) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92158
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Director's Choice Altissimo
75442260882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Santelmann, Vol. 12 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442263252
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 2 / Vocalise / RESPIGHI, O.: Rachmaninov - The Sea and Seagulls (Oregon Symphony, De Preist) (The Sea and the Gulls) Delos
DE3071
Orchestral
RAVEL, M.: Violin Sonata / RESPIGHI, O.: Violin Sonata / GRANADOS, E.: Violin Sonata (Saeijs, Bueren) Naxos
8.572093
Chamber Music
RESPIGHI / PIZZETTI: Violin Sonatas Artek
AR-0001-2
Chamber Music
RESPIGHI, O.: Adagio con variazioni / Preludes for Piano / Liriche / Music for Organ (Windsor, Valli, Malferrari, Macinanti) Tactus
TC871801
Vocal, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Vocal
RESPIGHI, O.: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suites Nos. 1-3 (Ireland National Symphony, Saccani) Naxos
8.553546
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Concerto in Modo Misolidio / Concerto a Cinque (Scherbakov, H. Griffiths, Danel) Naxos
8.553366
Concertos
RESPIGHI, O.: Concerto in modo misolidio / Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome) (Mustonen, Finnish Radio Symphony, Oramo) Ondine
ODE1165-2
Concertos, Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Fountains of Rome / Pines of Rome / Ancient Airs and Dances (London Symphony, A. Dorati) Newton Classics
NC8802048
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Fountains of Rome / Pines of Rome / Roman Festivals (Respighi's Rome) (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3287
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Gli uccelli (The Birds) / Trittico botticelliano / Suite in G Major (K. Brown, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Di Vittorio) Naxos
8.573168
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Impressioni brasiliane / La boutique fantasque (Liège Philharmonic, Neschling) BIS
BIS-2050
Ballet, Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Piano Concerto in A Minor / Toccata / Fantasia Slava (Scherbakov, Slovak Radio Symphony, H. Griffiths) Naxos
8.553207
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Piano Music (Scherbakov) - Ancient Airs and Dances / 6 Pieces / Piano Sonata in F Minor Naxos
8.553704
Instrumental
RESPIGHI, O.: Primavera (La) / Quattro Liriche / La pentola magica (Slovak Radio Symphony, Adriano) Naxos
8.570741
Vocal, Orchestral, Ballet
RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Festivals / Brazilian Impressions / Pines of Rome (Dallas Symphony, Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90182
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Festivals / STRAUSS, R.: Don Juan / LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Concerto for Orchestra (Oregon Symphony, DePreist) Delos
DE3070
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Sinfonia Drammatica (Slovak Philharmonic, Nazareth) Naxos
8.550951
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Suite in E Major / Symphonic Variations / Prelude, Chorale and Fugue (Slovak Radio Symphony, Adriano) Naxos
8.557820
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Symphonic Poems (Royal Philharmonic, Batiz) - Roman Festivals / Pines of Rome / Fountains of Rome Naxos
8.550539
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Vetrate di chiesa / Impressioni Brasiliane / Rossiniana (Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta) Naxos
8.557711
Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Bernecoli, Bianchi) Naxos
8.573129
Chamber Music
RESPIGHI, O.: Violin Concerto in A Major / Aria / Suite for Strings (Marzadori, Chamber Orchesta of New York, Ottorino Respighi, Di Vittorio) Naxos
8.572332
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Violin Sonata (after J.S. Bach) / Pastorale / Suite / SAINT-SAENS, C.: Romances - Opp. 27, 48 (Spectacular Strings) (Erxleben) Capriccio
C10563
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Works for Organ (Complete) (Macinanti) Tactus
TC871802
Instrumental, Orchestral
RESPIGHI, O.: Works for Violin and Piano (Complete) (Rogliano, Paciariello) Tactus
TC871890
Chamber Music
RESPIGHI: Aretusa / La Sensitiva / Il Tramonto Marco Polo
8.223347
Vocal
RESPIGHI: Astuzie de Columbina (Le) / La pentola magica Marco Polo
8.223346
Ballet
RESPIGHI: Bella dormente nel bosco (La) Marco Polo
8.223742
Opera
RESPIGHI: Concerto Gregoriano / Poema Autunnale Marco Polo
8.220152
Orchestral, Concertos
RESPIGHI: Concerto in Modo Misolidio / Three Preludes on Gregorian Themes Marco Polo
8.220176
Concertos, Instrumental
RESPIGHI: Feste romane / Vetrate di Chiesa (Dorati) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80007
Orchestral
RESPIGHI: Lucrezia Marco Polo
8.223717
Opera
RESPIGHI: Primavera (La) / 4 Liriche Marco Polo
8.223595
Orchestral, Vocal
RESPIGHI: Sinfonia Drammatica Marco Polo
8.220418
Orchestral
RESPIGHI: Suite in E Major / Burlesca Marco Polo
8.223348
Orchestral
RESPIGHI: The Sunset / String Quartet in D Minor / Quartetto Dorico BIS
BIS-CD-1454
Vocal, Chamber Music
ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Plovdiv Philharmonic, Raytchev) Capriole
CA15520
Ballet
SKONA GRONA DAGAR (BEAUTIFUL GREEN DAYS) Naxos
8.503068
Orchestral
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Orchestral
SONGS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE Cedille
CDR90000-019
Vocal
SYMPHONIC ORGAN MUSIC, Vol. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-1102
Instrumental
SYMPHONIC SOUND STAGE, Vol. 1 Delos
DE3502
Orchestral
THE BEST OF MARCO POLO Marco Polo
8.223002
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Command Performance 3 and 4 Altissimo
75442262592
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Roman Trilogy Altissimo
75442260032
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Songs of the Earth Altissimo
75442260012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES ARMY CONCERT BAND: Carnival Altissimo
75442260602
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Ports of Call Altissimo
75442261072
Orchestral
VERDI, G.: String Quartet / PUCCINI, G.: Crisantemi / ROSSINI, G.: Sonata for Strings No. 1 (Accademia I Filarmonici, Bernard) Tactus
TC812203
Orchestral
VERDI: Messa da Requiem (Schwarzkopf, Di Stefano, De Sabata) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111049-50
Orchestral
VIOLIN LULLABIES Cedille
CDR90000-139
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Noferini, Roberto - ELLENA, G.A. / SIVORI, C. / LANZI, B. / ALBERTI, F.C. (Prece ad un Angelo) Tactus
TC810001
Concertos
Vocal Recital: Benori, Daniela / Grollo, Francesco - COLBRAN, I. / ROSSINI, G. / DONIZETTI, G. / CAMPANA, F. (La Musica dei Baci) Newton Classics
NC8802168
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Kraus, Alfredo - LISZT, F. / DONIZETTI, G. / MASCAGNI, P. / RESPIGHI, O. / VERDI, G. Capriccio
C10272
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Shirai, Mitsuko - SCHOECK, O. / BERG, A. / HINDEMITH, P. / NUMMI, S. / BRITTEN, B. / WEBERN, A. / RESPIGHI, O. / BERIO, L. Capriccio
C67024
Vocal
WALDBÜHNE IN BERLIN 2009-2011 (3 Blu-Ray Disc Box Set, Full-HD) EuroArts
2059984
Classical Concert
WALDBÜHNE IN BERLIN 2009-2011 (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) EuroArts
2059988
Classical Concert
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 2011 - Fellini, Jazz and Co. (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2058404
Classical Concert
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 2011 - Fellini, Jazz and Co. (Chailly) (NTSC) EuroArts
2058408
Classical Concert
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