RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy - Feste romane / Fontane di Roma / Pini di Roma (Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

JoAnn Falletta
Naxos Records

Ottorino Respighi’s highly coloured pictures of Rome continue to offer one of the great opportunities for orchestras and conductors to strut their outgoing virtuosity. Here we have JoAnn Falletta, who, for the last twenty years has created in Buffalo one of the finest North American orchestras, and here confirms that status with a stunning release. Of course many of the world’s leading ensembles have already recorded these extravagant orchestral show-pieces, but having heard most of those on international release, this one can take its place in the premiere league. Falletta moves the music forward with an overall shape to each of Respighi’s pictures, and achieves a natural flow, particularly so in Roman Festivals, a score that can easily sound fragmented. 
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