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Saturday, January 6, 2018 Permalink

The Ancient Airs Connection

"The Concert," by Gerard van Honthorst, 1623


Lovers of early music owe a debt of thanks to an unlikely hero.

For although he may be best known for his exuberant tone poems, The Pines of Rome and The Fountains of Rome, Ottorino Respighi's greatest achievement may be the restoration of Renaissance and Baroque music to scholarly and public consciousness--including the works of Monteverdi and Vivaldi, which he edited and published in several volumes early in the 20th century.

In fact, if the Roman tone poems have lost some of their luster in recent decades, Respighi's compositions based on early music manuscripts have earned him new popularity and respect--particularly three orchestral suites he wrote between 1917 and 1932.

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

Featured Recordings

Title Performers Catalog Number UPC
Respighi Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Neville Marriner: EMI Classics 724358654929 724358654929
Ancient Airs and Dances Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Jesus Lopez-Cobos Telarc CD-80309 089408030925
Ancient Airs and Dances Paul O'Dette Helios CDH55146 0034571162287
Music for Lute Konrad Ragossnig Archiv 5461601 717794616026
Dance Music of the High Renaissance   Collegium Terpsichore Boston Skyline BSD 118 730357011823
Terpsichore: Dance Music of the Renaissance Ulsamer-Collegium Archiv 415 294-2 028941529428

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