"Alfredo Casella was an outstanding if uneven composer who led several of his contemporaries -- Respighi, Malipiero, Pizzetti, and others -- in a struggle to modernize Italian music. His interests as a composer and as an author of articles on music were highly cosmopolitan, as may be gathered from his early enthusiasms for Debussy, the Russian nationalists, Strauss, Bartók, and Schoenberg. Yet Casella was also intensely inspired by Italian culture, both its folkways and its Futurism movement." - AMG.
"Mostly known for his richly descriptive symphonic poems Fontane di Roma (The Fountains of Rome) and Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome), Respighi was a versatile composer who translated into music powerful visual experiences and feelings of deep attachment to cherished places. Respighi's symphonic works are praised primarily for their exquisite orchestration, but these compositions also possess a charm which transcends the merely picturesque. This charm is particularly evident in works inspired by Medieval and Renaissance music, such as Ancient Airs and Dances for orchestra." - AMG.
The record is NM-.
The jacket is Exc.
The LP plays/sounds Mint-.
Stunning sound. The soundstage is almost 3-D with each instrument clearly defining it's own space and boundaries. Instrument tonality is warm and vibrant with the high's being open and bell-like. Incredible detail and very strong imaging.
Very slight surface noise only on some very quiet passages.
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