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Respighi: Complete Songs For Voice and Piano, Volume 2

Reinild Mees, Andrea Catzel, Leonardo de Lisi

Ottorino Respighi

SKU: 11998

Year of release: 1998

1. Storia breve (A. Negri) (1904) P052 Ottorino Respighi 02:18
2. Miranda (1902) (A. Fogazzaro) P039 Ottorino Respighi 00:44
3. Nevicata (A. Negri) (1906?) P065 Ottorino Respighi 01:59
4. Scherzo (C. Zangarini) (1906?) P068 Ottorino Respighi 00:52
5. Nebbie (A. Negri) (1906?) P064 Ottorino Respighi 02:20
Sei Liriche, prima serie (1909) P090 16:13
6. - O falce di luna calante (G. D'Annunzio) Ottorino Respighi 02:30
7. Van li effluvi de le rose (G. D'Annunzio) Ottorino Respighi 01:44
8. Au milieu du jardin (J. Moréas) Ottorino Respighi 01:51
9. Noël ancien (first version) (anynomous) Ottorino Respighi 04:06
10. Serenata indiana (P.B. Shelley) Ottorino Respighi 03:39
11. Pioggia (V. A. Pomplilii) Ottorino Respighi 02:20
12. E se un giorno tornasse… (1911) (V. A. Pompilii, da Maeterlinck) P096 Ottorino Respighi 02:03
13. Lagrime (anonymous) (1896) P009 Ottorino Respighi 03:01
Sei Melodie (1909) P089 - 12:03
14. In alto mare (E. Panzacchi) Ottorino Respighi 01:01
15. Abbandono (A. Vivanti) Ottorino Respighi 01:41
16. Mattinata (G. D'Annunzio) Ottorino Respighi 01:57
17. Povero cor (A. Graf) Ottorino Respighi 03:27
18. Si tu veux (V. Hugo) Ottorino Respighi 01:28
19. Soupir (S. Prudhomme) Ottorino Respighi 02:26
Quattro - Rispetti Toscani (A. Birga) (1915) P103 12:18
20. - Quando nasceste voi Ottorino Respighi 03:07
21. Venitelo a vedere 'l mi piccino Ottorino Respighi 01:41
22. Vien di là lontano Ottorino Respighi 03:42
23. Razzolan sopra l'aja Ottorino Respighi 03:47
Due canzoni dialettali 02:56
24. Canzone sarda (1928) P155 Ottorino Respighi 01:48
25. Le funtanelle (Canzone dell'Abruzzo) (1930) P164 Ottorino Respighi 01:07
Total time: 56:51

About this album

OTTORINO RESPIGHI His Art Songs by Potito Pedarra The subject of Ottorino Respighis (Bologna, 1879 – Rome, 1936) vocal chamber music, “less ambitious yet more genuine and varied” (S. Martinotti) than the operatic one, has not yet been studied systematically, not even by the scholars and musicologists who have published many top-level essays on his music. Respighis art song production takes place in a “controversial moment of the history of Italy during the first thirty years of our century”: in those years this musical form , so popular especially in Germany, in Italy is “suffocated by Operas spreading” (Elio Battaglia). It is true that the German Lied and the Italian song are two musical forms of completely different type.
While in Austria Hugo Wolf (1860 – 1903) devoted himself almost exclusively to Lied composing, in Italy the canzone was still considered as a secondary chamber music form, just an entertainment, mere occasional music in a few words. Here, on the “crisis, nearly total, of the Italian Lied”, Ottorino Respighis experience was grafted, the musician being one of the most prolific composers of his generation. Until then this form was considered an almost exclusive prerogative of Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916), who, “in spite of his not so far-sighted intentions”, still seems to be “the most genuine song-writer in Italy, for, at least from a historical point of view, he does not cover himself with any intellectual cloth, as his contemporaries do” (Elio Battaglia). The lirica (song) represents for Respighi “a sort of a composers intimate journal” (A. Cant).

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(...) ingetogen bespiegelingen en muzikale mijmeringen (...) (...) Leonardo de Lisi weet met zijn wat hese stem steevast de juiste stemming te creren. (...) (...) De sopraan Andrea Catzel weet met haar stem pathetiek van emotie te scheiden. (...) (...) Reinild Mees volgt als een schaduw de zanglijnen, kleurt en zingt - met de piano wel te verstaan.


(...) Spendidly expressive and confidant soprano joins the tenor and the piano (...) (...) This cd is a must for all devoted Respighi admirers.

American Record Guide

(...) So even if you think you know Respighi, get the Channel issue and be preprared for some surprises.


(...) De Lisi met zijn heel karakteristiek geluid is bij uitstek geschikt voor deze aantrekkelijke liederen (...) (...) Catzel, de sopraan en De Lisi zingen deze liederen onopgesmurkt, ingetogen en erop gericht de lieflijke muziek optimaal tot z'n recht te doen komen. (...) (...) Speciaal vermelding verdient Reinild Mees die de pianopartijen als fijn filigraan onder de zangstem aanbrengt.

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateOctober 1997
Recording LocationMuziekcentrum Frits Philips Eindhoven, the Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording Engineerjared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks