"Pines of Rome (Pini di Roma) is chronologically the second installment in Italian composer Ottorino Respighi's "Roman trilogy." It is a symphonic tone poem scored for a very large orchestra and cast in four movements, the musical content being representative of a literary plan. In Pines of Rome, Respighi succeeds spectacularly, producing a colorful and exciting montage of impressions that capture the imagination without wandering or becoming digressive.
Italian music lovers in the early twentieth century more strongly resisted modern trends than those of greater Europe, as they were inclined toward opera and generally less enthusiastic about instrumental music. While Respighi was determined to lead Italian audiences, kicking and screaming if necessary, back to instrumental music, a field once dominated by Italian musicians, he was also keenly aware that it would not be an easy struggle. During the preparation of Pines of Rome for its 1924 premiere under conductor Bernardino Molinari, Respighi was quoted "Let them boo...what do I care?" And boo they did, at the raspberries in the "Villa Borghese," and at the sound of the recorded nightingale in the "Janiculum." But the triumphant march that concludes the work won the audience over, and the finale was greeted with an ovation." - AMG.
RCA Red Seal .5 Series Audiophile pressing Promotional release.
1/2 Speed Mastered from the original multi-track Master.
Improved frequency response, lower distortion and higher levels.
The '.5' Series present the classic RCA Living Stereo Series in an up-to-date Audiophile sound.
The record is Mint.
The jacket is Exc-.
The LP plays Mint+.
Astounding clarity and detail. The Soundstage is wide and deep, imaging is exact with no wander at all and the dynamics are huge. If you didn't know that this was a re-mastering you would think it was just recorded. There is just so much more detail here as compared to the original. Bass is deep and detailed, mids are warm and high's are shimmering. Absolutely an incredible re-mastering.
The record looks as though it were never played.
Surface noise is a few random, low-level 'ticks' which will most likely diminish as this LP gets more play - otherwise dead-silent vinyl.
Each record is washed on a VPI cleaning machine using a proprietary 3-5 agent process which is determined by the needs of the individual record. Each record is then listened to 100% to insure that the posted description is exactly what you can expect to get.
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