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Decca 4769766

Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968)

Suite "La Pisanella" 1
Concerto dell'estate 1

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)

Trittico Botticelliano 2

Nino Rota (1911-1979)

Concerto per archi 3

1 L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Lamberto Gardelli
2 Argo Chamber Orchestra/Laszlo Heltay
3 I Musici
Decca Eloquence 4769766 77:58

Respighi's Botticelli Triptych shows the composer in less flamboyant mood and does not lack recordings. Rota's short Concerto for Strings is reminiscent of Kurt Weill. The CD's main interest is in the Pizzetti works, especially the Summer Concerto, whose only recording this is. Running about 30 minutes and in three movements, it sounds very like the Respighi of the Roman trilogy but with a degree more restraint. La Pisanella makes a good contrast in mood with the concerto. This release is on the budget Australian Eloquence label, as distinct from its UK counterpart.

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