Works Discography

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)

The Italian composer Ottorino Respighi studied music in his native Bologna and later, briefly, with Rimsky-Korsakov in St Petersburg. A viola player and pianist as well as a composer, he settled in Rome in 1913, earning a reputation also for his interest in early music and for his work as a teacher.

Respighi is chiefly known for his vivid symphonic poems, in particular Fontane di Roma (‘Fountains of Rome’), Pini di Roma (‘Pines of Rome’) and Feste romane (‘Roman Festivals’), the last even more a celebration of the revived spirit of nationalism in the Italy of his time. Concertos for violin and for piano occupy a lesser position in general repertoire. Other orchestral compositions include Trittico botticelliano (‘Triptych after Botticelli’) and music from his opera Belfagor.


Respighi’s La Boutique fantasque, based on Rossini, is well known to ballet audiences. Other orchestral arrangements include Antiche danze ed arie per liuto (‘Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute’) and Gli uccelli (‘The Birds’), based on compositions by Rameau, Pasquini and others.

More information:
Respighi Foundation

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Concerto in modo misolidio, per pianoforte e orchestra (1925)
Fountains of Rome (Fontane di Roma) (1916)
Pines of Rome (Pini di Roma) (1924)
Roman Festivals (Feste Romane) (1928)
War Dance from Belkis, Queen of Sheba


Ottorino Respighi

Roman Trilogy:

Pines of Rome,

Fountains of Rome,

Festivals of Rome


Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI

Robert Trevino

ODE 1425-2

Released 09/2023

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The Loudest Classical Music of All Time

Various composers

Re-issue, originally released in 1997

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Leif Segerstam

ODE 1210-2

Released 02/2017

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Ottorino Respighi
Concerto in modo misolidio
Fontane di Roma

Olli Mustonen, piano
Finnish RSO
Sakari Oramo, conductor
ODE 1165-2

Released 09/2010

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