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Born: 1879, Bologna
Died: 1936, Rome
"A logical chain binds the past and the future - the romanticism of yesterday will again be the romanticism of tomorrow."
Respighi was, after opera master Giacomo Puccini, Italy's most famous composer of the 20th century. He used the modern orchestra to evoke the world around him with cinematic sweep and Technicolor vividness. His triptych of symphonic works inspired by Rome (The Fountains of Rome, The Pines of Rome, and Roman Festivals) brought him international renown and financial success (he named his estate "The Pines" in honor of the music that allowed him to buy it).
The Pines of Rome (1924)
Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner (RCA)
Ancient Airs and Dances (1917-32)
LA Chamber Orchestra, Neville Marriner (EMI)