"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." - AMG.
In 1961 London Records introduced Phase 4 Stereo, with promises to break "the sonic barrier." London was a well established American label owned by British Decca (not to be confused with American Decca) that specialized, not surprisingly, in releasing recordings from England.
Phase 4 Stereo: "New Scoring Concepts Incorporating True Musical Use of Separation and Movement. In this phase, arrangers and orchestrators re-score the music to place the instruments where they are musically most desired at any particular moment and make use of direction and movement to punctuate the musicality of sounds. The effect is more sound -- more interest -- more entertainment -- more participation -- more listening pleasure. Phase 4 albums quickly became known for their characteristic sound: warm, rich, clean, precisely performed, arranged and recorded.
This is an unplayed London Phase 4 recording from 1968.
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