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James Miller
Fanfare, November 2014

The Botticelli Triptych and The Birds are what make this CD a desirable one… © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, August 2014

These are vibrant performances of some of Respighi’s most attractive music, and that is saying a lot for this composer…the organ, played with power and probity by Kyler Brown, interacts with the string orchestra to create an abundance of deeply moving harmonies and textures. © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, July 2014

The Organ Suite in G might not be one of Respighi’s best works, but this CD has a lot more to offer. Both ‘Gli Uccelli’ and ‘Trittico Botticelliano’ are performed in the most refined and transparent versions one can imagine.

Di Vittorio pays attention to every detail and refreshes the music by a deep penetrating cleaning. © 2014 Pizzicato

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, June 2014

The four works on the present release are certainly a great introduction to some of Respighi’s most delightful and often deeply beautiful music.

On one level, the release allows for a great overview of Respighi’s music that will hopefully encourage further exploration of this Italian master. There are many good recordings of these pieces…but often distributed among a lot of different ensembles and labels. Here one can get a sense of these chamber pieces within a specific understanding of the Neo-Baroque style of this composer by committed orchestra and by a conductor intimately connected to the editions used here, Salvatore Di Vittorio. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review

David Hurwitz, May 2014

This recording of the Three Botticelli Pictures has got to be the most texturally detailed, luminous, substantial performance yet captured on disc. Conductor Salvatore Di Vittorio makes sure that every strand of Respighi’s remarkable orchestration stands out in high relief, from the shockingly vivid violin trills at the start of “Spring” to the gently pulsating but constantly shifting motion of the waves in “The Birth of Venus”. It’s an amazing achievement, one that elevates a work all too easily dismissed as a sugary-sweet musical bon-bon. You can’t help but be impressed.

The Birds is equally well played and lovingly shaped by Di Vittorio and his band. © 2014 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2014

Two of Respighi’s best-known works conducted by Salvatore Di Vittorio, the Italian musician specially commissioned by the composer’s family to promote his works. Opening with the Serenata, a brief and charming curtain-riser, the Trittico botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures) finds Respighi on home ground as he recreates in sound the famous pictures, his remarkable gift of colourful orchestration building a mosaic of fascinating sounds even with a relatively small ensemble. It is a work that has been used in part countless times over, its innate charm and beauty creating that mode whenever required. The disc concludes with the first recording of the Suite in G minor for organ and strings in its original form. Whichever you take it is a highly attractive score, at times with a religious connection in its use of the organ. This new edition also comes from the conductor who has at his disposal the highly commended Chamber Orchestra of New York. They have the warmth of tonal quality required, while able to produce the required transparency when the music grows in intensity. The recording is unexaggerated and of a nice ambience. © 2014 David’s Review Corner

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