About the album
Canadian star soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian is the featured soloist in this recording by the Orchestre symphonique de Laval—its first with current artistic director and principal conductor Alain Trudel - the album is devoted to orchestral works by Ottorino Respighi.
Known for her sparkling stage presence and astonishing musicality, Bayrakdarian joins the orchestra for Respighi’s setting of the lyric poem Il tramonto (The Sunset).
The five pieces that comprise the suite Gli uccelli (The Birds) pay homage to the composers of the Baroque era who took pleasure in musically illustrating various aspects of life — birdsongs, in this case. Trittico Botticelliano (Botticelli Triptych) consists of three symphonic poems inspired by the three most celebrated canvases of the Italian painter Sandro Botticelli. As a composer and musicologist, Respighi was especially interested in early music, and particularly in Italian Renaissance and Baroque works. Antiche Danze ed Ari per liuto, his orchestral Suite No. 1, was inspired by the music of four Renaissance composers.
Alain Trudel has been Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Laval since 2007. An untiring supporter of emerging generations of musicians, in 2011 he was appointed the first Youth and Family Principal Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.
11Gli Uccelli Prelude
12Gli Uccelli La colomba
13Gli Uccelli La gallina
14Gli Uccelli L'usignuolo
15Gli Uccelli Il cucù
17Trittico Botticelliano La Primavera
18Trittico Botticelliano L’Adorazione dei Magi
19Trittico Botticelliano La nascita di Venere
110Antiche Danze ed Ari per liuto -Suite no 1 I. Simone Molinaro. Balletto detto « Il Conte Orlando)
111Antiche Danze ed Ari per liuto -Suite no 1 II. Vincenzo Galilei. Gagliarda
112Antiche Danze ed Ari per liuto -Suite no 1 III. Ano.Villanella
113Antiche Danze ed Ari per liuto -Suite no 1 IV. Ano. Passo mezzo e Mascherada.