While Italian composer Ottorino Respighi is best remembered as the composer of three tone poems celebrating the Italian capital’s ancient history, he also had an Eastern connection, launching his career in 1899 with an appointment as principal violist to the Russian Imperial Theater in the then-capital city of St. Petersburg.
So, rather than seek out performances by better-known Western conductors and orchestras, we decided to look for some Eastern European performances of his tone poems and came up with three different orchestras, one Polish, the second Slovenian, and the third Romanian.
First up, a 2011 performance of the 1916 composition The Fountains of Rome from Poland’s Philharmonia Podkarpacka conducted by Andris Rasmanis, via Andris Rasmanis:
Ottorino Respighi Fontane di Roma
Next, via zevnikov, a 2013 Slovenian orchestral performance, conducted by Nejc Becan, of the 1924 tone poem The Pines of Rome [Pini di Romani]:
Respighi – Pines of Rome with standing ovation!!!
Gimnazija Kranj Great Christmas Concert 2013 “Postcards from Italy.” Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra performed Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome.
Amazing performance in Gallus Hall, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Conductor maestro Nejc Becan; Concert master: Nina Pirc; Sound engineer: Matjaž Culiberg; Head of Production: Grega Jeraša; Director: Primož Zevnik.
Finally, a 2013 performance of the Respighi’s third tone poem, Roman Festivals, completed in 1928 and here featuring Jin Wang conducting the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra of Bucharest, Romania. Via SuperPromo4you:
Jin Wang – Ottorino Respighi – Feste Romane – “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra
Ottorino Respighi – Feste Romane 24ian2013 – live in Atheneum of Bucharest