Respighi : Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute

Respighi : Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute


Antal Dorati, Philarmonica Hungarica (1958)

Mercury Living Presence SR 90199

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

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Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute
Suite No. 1 (for Orchestra)
- Balletto detto "Il Conte Orlando"
- Gagliarda
- Villanella
- Passo mezzo e Mascherada
Suite No.2 (for Orchestra)
- Laura soave: balletto con gagliarda, saltarello e canario
- Danza rustica
- Campanae parisienses - Aria
- Bergamasca
Suite No. 3 (for Strings)
- Italiana
Arie di corte   
- Andante cantabile
- Allegretto
- Vivace
- Lento con grande espressione
- Allegro vivace
- Vivacissimo
- Andante cantabile
- Siciliana
- Passacaglia

The common practice in concert houses today of performing early music on modern orchestral instruments is owed largely to the endeavours of Ottorino Respighi. His free transcription of Renaissance works for the lute (1932) opened up the way to the rediscovery of forgotten rhythms and timbres. Although Respighi altered the structure of the music by dissecting phrases right down to their basic elements, re-ordering them and redefining their sonority by the use of heavy brass and timpani, the art of the ancient maestri remained unscathed. Cadences and harmonic idioms are given a modern colouring at the most, but are never destroyed.

Antal Dorati and his famous Philharmonia Hungarica have all that is needed to bring the score to life. Even in opulent passages the individual instruments can be heard distinctly, and clearly defined one from one another. This works particularly well in the first two suites in which each movement is treated to a process of refinement by means of differing orchestration. That the third suite, written purely for stringed instruments, soars away just like the proverbial Aeolian harp is only to be expected from this orchestra.

Recorded in June 1958 at Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria, by C.R. Fine.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under