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JoAnn Falletta | © Cheryl Gorski

‘When Naxos chairman Klaus Heymann asked us to record Respighi’s Roman Trilogy, it was a dream assignment for the Buffalo Philharmonic. Requiring both massive power and the delicacy of an impressionistic master, the works are virtuoso showpieces for orchestra, and reveal the astonishing orchestrational genius of the composer.

Respighi created a fascinating landscape of extraordinary imagination that seduces and enchants the listener again and again, drawing all of us into a world of astonishing color, brilliance, melancholy, nostalgia and unforgettable beauty.’

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879–1936)
Roman Trilogy
Roman Festivals • Fountains of Rome
Pines of Rome

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • JoAnn Falletta

Respighi is renowned as the composer of the lavishly orchestrated Roman Trilogy, sumptuous tone-poems full of provocative harmonies and suggestive rhythms, which celebrate the city’s architectural marvels, its festivals, pines and fountains. The composer’s kaleidoscopic writing encapsulates romantic serenade and rustic dance, solemn melody and pastoral landscape, children at play and visions of past martial glories. JoAnn Falletta’s previous Respighi recording of Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions and Rossiniana (8.557711) was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

Listen to an extract from Feste Romane:
III. L’Ottobrata (October Festival)
Listen to JoAnn Falletta in conversation
with Peter Hall about this release.
About the Artists
JoAnn Falletta | © Cheryl Gorski
JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and is the principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center of North Carolina. She became the first female conductor to lead a major American ensemble upon her appointment as music director of the BPO in 1999. Her Naxos recordings include the double GRAMMY® Award-winning disc of works by John Corigliano and GRAMMY®-nominated discs of works by Tyberg, Dohnányi, Fuchs, Schubert, Respighi, Gershwin, Corigliano, Richard Strauss, Hailstork and Holst.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | © Enid Bloch Photography
Founded in 1935, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), under music director JoAnn Falletta, is Buffalo’s leading cultural ambassador and presents more than 120 classics, pops and youth concerts each year. In March 2018, it became the first American orchestra to perform at the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, Poland. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 46 new albums of diverse repertoire on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels.
Highly acclaimed recordings by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic
Vetrate di chiesa
Impressioni brasiliane

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
‘Falletta and her players are impressively alive to each facet of Respighi’s aural colourations.’
Music & Vision
‘Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic perform superbly.’
‘The sound is excellent, as is the orchestra. Falletta and Buffalo is a winning combination.’
American Record Guide
In the Tatra Mountains
Lady Godiva Overture
Eternal Longing

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
‘Relatively neglected but richly colorful scores by Novak have opulent realization from the BPO under JoAnn Falletta.’
Audiophile Audition
Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’
Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush

Biegel • Cohen • Sparr • McAllister
London Symphony Orchestra
‘This latest Fuchs/Naxos disc, marking 15 years of his recording with conductor Falletta, bears real gems.’
BBC Music Magazine
‘The performances by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra are all that could be desired.’

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