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Discussion: Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances - Dorati

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Post by tream January 28, 2005 (1 of 3)
With respect to nickc, I think his review of the Dorati recording of Ancient Airs and Dances missed the point of the music. He notes the heaviness of 50's and 60's recordings of Baroque music, a la Karl Richter-but the Respighi piece, while sort of an arrangement, is a recomposition of some Baroque pieces (think Stravinsky as another example)-it was scored for a big orchestra, it is a 20th century neo-baroque piece, and the Dorati recording is a brilliant interpretation. OK, that is my two cents worth on one of my desert island SACD's. Cheers to nickc.

Tom

Post by nickc January 28, 2005 (2 of 3)
tream said:

With respect to nickc, I think his review of the Dorati recording of Ancient Airs and Dances missed the point of the music. He notes the heaviness of 50's and 60's recordings of Baroque music, a la Karl Richter-but the Respighi piece, while sort of an arrangement, is a recomposition of some Baroque pieces (think Stravinsky as another example)-it was scored for a big orchestra, it is a 20th century neo-baroque piece, and the Dorati recording is a brilliant interpretation. OK, that is my two cents worth on one of my desert island SACD's. Cheers to nickc.

Tom

I understand Tream when you say my Richter analogy may not have been totally apt-the Bach pieces were composed in the "Baroque" period whereas the Respighi were "scored" between 1917 and 1932.
Its all personal opinion of course but I believe the point I was trying to convey was that I didn't find the music itself (whether from the 17th or 20th century arrangements)particularly distinguished in the first place.
I also felt that the sound wasn't as good as the Mercury Firebird (talking about Stravinsky!). On the same day I received the Respighi I also received the Living Stereo Munch Daphins which contains some of the greatest classical music ever composed in my opinion and maybe put the Respighi in the shade in comparison (probably not a good way to review discs I'll agree).
Sometimes my girlfriend comes in when I'm listening to Shostakovich and wonders how I can listen to such vile and depressing music - its all a matter of personal taste.
The point about Europa Galante et al is that whenever I hear "Baroque type" music I now think of period ensembles, even though the Respighi was rescored when period ensembles weren't even dreamt of!
Anyway cheers back Thomas!

Post by diw January 29, 2005 (3 of 3)
I have the SACD and used to own an FR1 pressing of this disc. I am convinced that when people speak of mercury strings being "wir" or "shrill", they are talking about this disc. It has a lot of presence, but the sound is way overrated, IMO.

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