Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Pizzetti
La Pisanella – Suite
Concerto de l’estate
Respighi
Trittico Botticelliano
Rota
Concerto for Strings
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Lamberto Gardelli [Pizzetti]

Argo Chamber Orchestra
László Heltay [Respighi]

I Musici

Pizzetti recorded May 1966 in Victoria Hall, Geneva; Respighi recorded April 1978 in Kingsway Hall, London; Rota recorded in Switzerland (sic) in July 1985
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 9766
Duration: 78 minutes
Reviewed: February 2007
Three Italian composers of the last century, the Pizzetti items on CD for the first time: brightly scored, exotic music of wide appeal, rather filmic and ‘Wild West’. Respighi’s gift for description is subtler, ‘three Botticelli pictures’ beautifully imagined. Rota’s crisp and clean lines are a palate-cleanser in terms of elegance and vitality. Fine performances, the SRO/Gardelli tapings especially valuable.

 

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