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Ottorino Respighi

Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer from the first half of 20th Century. After his studies in Bologna (violin, viola and composition) he moved to St. Petersburg where played for several years for the Imperial Opera. There he also met Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who became his mentor in composition and orchestration.  From 1903 until 1908 he played viola in the Mugellini quintet in Bologna. In 1908, he stayed in Berlin for a short period to study under Max Bruch. In 1913, he became a teacher himself at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, of which he became its director in 1924. Two years later, he already left the position to be able to dedicate himself completely to composing.  While Respighi did compose nine operas, he is mostly known for his instrumental works. In particular his orchestral triptych of symphonic poems, Fontane di Roma, Pini di Roma and Feste Romane (also known as the Roman Trilogy) became quite famous. His style was a continuation of the French impressionism, and of Rimsky-Korsakov's technique. He also applied early composition techniques by applying melodies from early lute music (Antiche arie e danze per liuto) or harpsichordpieces from the Baroque era (Gli uccelli). 

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Ottorino Respighi
Ballad of the Gnomes
Philharmonia Orchestra | Geoffrey Simon
Ottorino Respighi
Music for Violin & Piano by Ottorino Respighi
Jameson Cooper
Various composers
The Great War Centenary
Michael Foyle | Maksim Stsura
Ottorino Respighi
The Young Genius
Antonio Pompa-Baldi
Various composers
1917: Works for Violin & Piano
Tamsin Waley-Cohen / Huw Watkins
Paul Hindemith, Karol Szymanovski, Ottorino Respighi
Szymanowski - Hindemith - Respighi: Violin Sonatas
Lea Birringer / Esther Birringer
Various composers
Folk Stories - Songs by Beethoven, Britten, Mahler, Respighi, Sibelius a.o.
Cora Burggraaf / Simon Lepper
Nino Rota, Ottorino Respighi, Richard Strauss
The Violin Sonata around 1900
Isabelle van Keulen / Ronald Brautigam
Il Tramonto / String Quartets
Anne-Sophie von Otter / Brodsky Quartet
String Quartets
Brodsky Quartet / Anne Sofie von Otter