New release wins praise: ‘this disc is a joy’
The third release from conductor John Wilson and Sinfonia of London – Respighi’s Roman Trilogy – has reached Number 1 in the UK Specialist Classical Charts.
With its dynamic score calling for a vast array of instruments, including every imaginable piece of percussion plus four-handed piano, organ, mandolin and even a recorded nightingale, Respighi’s outstandingly evocative Roman Trilogy – Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome and Roman Festivals – is one of the most lavish and exuberant works in the repertoire, all captured here in gleaming Chandos sound.
‘Respighi’s best-known work – Roman Trilogy – is brought to dazzling new life by John Wilson and his historic recording orchestra. Deprived as we are of big orchestras, this disc is a joy: massive, audacious, and vividly played.’ (The Observer)
This really is something special: astonishingly detailed, spectacularly exciting, delivered with the full-blooded panache that we have come to expect from John Wilson and this orchestra. …Sinfonia of London play as if their lives depended on it, and tackle the pieces here with a dazzling combination of orchestral finesse and virtuosity.’ (Classical CD Choice)