Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suites No. 1; Ancient Airs and Dance Suites No. 3; The Birds; Three Botticelli Pictures

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COMPOSERS: Respighi
LABELS: Erato
WORKS: Ancient Airs and Dances Suites No. 1; Ancient Airs and Dance Suites No. 3; The Birds; Three Botticelli Pictures
PERFORMER: I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-92187-2 DDD (1988)
This exactly duplicates the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s programme on full price DG, and there’s little to choose between the two discs. The Venetians shape the music persuasively, with plenty of light and shade, their rich tone aided by a sympathetic acoustic; the Orpheus is by turns reflective and exhilarating, with a bold immediacy. My own preference, by the merest whisker, is for the Orpheus, but the Solisti Veneti are eminently competitive – and at a lower price. Wadham Sutton

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