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Saturday, July 25, 2015 Permalink

The Ancient Airs Connection

"The Concert," by Gerard van Honthorst, 1623


He may be best known for his exuberant tone poems, The Pines of Rome and The Fountains of Rome, Ottorino Respighi's achievement may have been the restoration of Renaissance and Baroque music to scholarly and public consciousness--particularly three orchestral suites he wrote between 1917 and 1932.

In this next hour, Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances--and the original Renaissance lute pieces that inspired him. 

Featured Recordings

Catalog Number
Respighi (Marriner)
EMI Classics 724358654929
Ancient Airs and Dances (Lopez-Cobos)
Telarc CD-80309
Ancient Airs and Dances (Paul O'Dette, Lute)
Helios/Hyperion CDH55146
Renaissance Lute Music (Konrad Ragossnig)
Archiv 5461601
Dance Music of the High Renaissance (Collegium Terpsichore)
Boston Skyline BSD 118
Terpsichore: Dance Music of the Renaissance (Ulsamer-Collegium)
Archiv 415 294-2





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