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Ottorino Respighi

Leonardo de Lisi / Reineld Mees

Complete Songs for Voice and Piano Vol. 1

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  • Type CD
  • Label Channel Classics
  • UPC 0723385939627
  • Catalog number CCS 9396
  • Release date 19 August 2002

About the album

The subject of Ottorino Respighis (Bologna, 1879 - Rome, 1936) vocal chamber music, less ambitious yet more genuine and varied (S.Martinotti) than the operatic one, has not yet been studied systematically, not even by the scholars and musicologists who have published many top-level essays on his music. The opportunity that is now offered does not consent a deep examination of the whole song production by Respighi, not according to the appropriate forms, a project that, one could say, is the lifelong dream of any musicologist devoted to the composers work. Nevertheless, I will take the challenge to study this subject and try to offer a listeners guide at the same time. Respighis art song production takes place in a controversial moment of the history of Italy during the first thirty years of our century: in those years this musical form, so popular especially in Germany, in Italy is suffocated by Operas spreading (Elio Battaglia). It is true that the German Lied and the Italian song are two musical forms of completely different type. While in Austria Hugo Wolf (1860 - 1903) devoted himself almost exclusively to Lied composing, in Italy the canzone was still considered as a secondary chamber music form, just an entertainment, mere occasional music in a few words. Here, on the crisis, nearly total, of the Italian Lied, Ottorino Respighis experience was grafted, the musician being one of the most prolific composers of his generation. Until then this form was considered an almost exclusive prerogative of Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916), who, in spite of his not so far-sighted intentions, still seems to be the most genuine song-writer in Italy, for, at least from a historical point of view, he does not cover himself with any intellectual cloth, as his contemporaries do (Elio Battaglia). The lirica (song) represents for Respighi a sort of a composers intimate journal (A.Cant). Elsa Olivieri Sangiacomo (1894 - 1996), the composers wife and biographer, writes: He who knows Respighis songs can say he knows very much of him, since they represent the world where he seeks shelter and in everyday life entrusts his hearts hidden secrets, when he lets his soul sing freely. An escape, as one could say nowadays, that allows him the expression of a state of mind, a feeling, a sensation, in only a few pages of music; for a short time, it keeps him away from the difficult tasks of full scores, where he passionately looks for his own musical path. It is so interesting to see how, on the one hand, in order to reach his first thorough symphonic piece, Fontane di Roma (1916), it took him fifteen years (years of the hardest work, research, study in all various fields of culture and in all different spiritual tendencies); on the other hand, in his songs (see Nebbie, 1906), he immediately achieved a perfect form and an absolutely personal language . The art song represents the first intimate core of his creative work, or the Ariadnes thread to follow and understand the varied and large study on the European late Romantic and early Twentieth century culture that Respighi did during his slow yet precise artistic training(S.Martinotti). A kind of reconnaissance he also made in the literary field, where one could clearly note the disquieting and ardent influence of either the late German Lied (certainly known during Respighis peregrinations throughout Europe) or the new French chanson.. It is demonstrated by the choice of texts of the songs included in this first CD: from an occasional encounter with the poetry of Ada Negri (1870-1945) to the great European classical tradition represented by Percy Bysshe Shelly (1792-1822) until the Fourteenth centurys verses of Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), from the decadent crepuscular Carlo Zangarini (1874-1943) and Francesco Rocchi, from the French symbolism Albert Samain (1858-1900) to that kind of Art Nouveau in Antonio Rubinos (1880-1964) fantastic poems.

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    1
    Cinque Canti All' Antica L'udir Talvolta
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    01:08
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    2
    Cinque Canti All' Antica Ma Come Potrei
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    01:34
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    3
    Cinque Canti All' Antica Ballata
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    01:12
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    4
    Cinque Canti All' Antica Bella Porta Di Rubini
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    01:30
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    5
    Cinque Canti All' Antica Canzone Di Re Enzo
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    03:02
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    6
    Ballata Alla Luna
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:15
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    7
    Stornello
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    01:24
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    8
    Stornellatrice
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:24
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    9
    Contrasto
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    01:34
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    10
    Tanto bella
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:49
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    11
    Invito Alla Danza
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    01:55
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    12
    L'ultima ebbrezza
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:50
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    13
    Notturno
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:54
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    14
    Luce
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    01:26
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    15
    Sei Liriche, Seconda Serie Notte
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:58
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    16
    Sei Liriche, Seconda Serie Su una Violetta Morta
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:52
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    17
    Sei Liriche, Seconda Serie Le Repos en Égypte
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    04:04
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    18
    Sei Liriche, Seconda Serie Noël Ancien
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:42
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    Sei Liriche, Seconda Serie Piccola Mano Bianca
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:19
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    Sei Liriche, Seconda Serie Nel Giardino
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    03:24
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    21
    Deità Silvane I Fauni
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:18
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    22
    Deità Silvane Musica In Horto
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:10
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    Deità Silvane Egle
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    03:16
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    24
    Deità Silvane Acqua
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    02:39
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    25
    Deità Silvane Crepuscolo
    Composer: Ottorino Respighi
     
    03:41

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