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Respighi: Sinfonia drammatica - Belfagor Overture

Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, John Neschling

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Sinfonia drammatica, P. 102  
I. Allegro energico
Ottorino Respighi; Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège; John Neschling
II. Andante sostenuto
Ottorino Respighi; Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège; John Neschling
III. Allegro impetuoso
Ottorino Respighi; Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège; John Neschling
Belfagor Overture, P. 140
Ottorino Respighi; Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège; John Neschling
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Total Playing Time    69:01
"... a splendid album ... a must-have for those who warm to Neschling’s way with this repertoire ... (Neschling is) mighty persuasive in this music ... should feature in any self-respecting Respighian’s record collection."
- MusicWeb International

The Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège under John Neschling continue to explore Respighi lavish orchestral scores with this presentation of the little-known, or rather neglected Sinfonia drammatica. Its epic proportions (over 58 minutes on this album) written for a correspondingly large-scale orchestra may explain in part why it is rarely performed and recorded, but the work also has a dark-hued, intense and, indeed, dramatic character which will surprise those only familiar with Respighi's more extroverted music. Closing the programme is the better known Belfagor Overture, for which Respighi recycled material from an opera of the same name which had been less than warmly received.
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