Respighi: Roman Trilogy

ARTISTS: JoAnn Falletta (GRAMMY® winning conductor), Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
COMPOSER: Ottorino Respighi
LABEL: Naxos   |   747313401376


Respighi is renowned as the composer of the lavishly orchestrated Roman Trilogy, sumptuous tone-poems full of provocative harmonies and suggestive rhythms, which celebrate the city’s architectural marvels, its festivals, pines and fountains. The composer’s kaleidoscopic writing encapsulates romantic serenade and rustic dance, solemn melody and pastoral landscape, children at play and visions of past martial glories. JoAnn Falletta’s previous Respighi recording of Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions and Rossiniana (8.557711) was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.



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.



JoAnn Falletta

GRAMMY® winning conductor JoAnn Falletta serves as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony, and is the principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center of North Carolina. She has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. She served as principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra from 2011 to 2014, with whom she made her debut at the BBC Proms in London and recorded works by Gustav Holst, E.J. Moeran and John Knowles Paine. Recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, winner of the Stokowski Competition, and the Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter conducting awards, Falletta became the first female conductor to lead a major American ensemble upon her appointment as music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999. She has received twelve ASCAP awards, served on the US National Council on the Arts and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a champion of American music, she has presented over five hundred works by American composers including well over 100 world premieres. Her Naxos recordings include the double GRAMMY® Award winning disc of works by John Corigliano and GRAMMY® nominated discs of works by Tyberg, Dohnányi, Fuchs, Schubert, Respighi, Gershwin, Corigliano, Richard Strauss, Hailstork and Holst.

For more information, please visit: www.joannfalletta.com



Founded in 1935, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), under music director JoAnn Falletta, is Buffalo’s leading cultural ambassador and presents more than 120 classics, pops and youth concerts each year. Since 1940, the orchestra’s permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark, designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen.

The BPO has toured the United States and Canada, including several Florida Friends Tours with JoAnn Falletta. In 2013, the BPO made its 24th appearance at Carnegie Hall as a participant in the Spring For Music festival. In March 2018, it became the first American orchestra to perform at the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, Poland.

Over the decades, the BPO has matured in stature under leading conductors, including William Steinberg, Josef Krips, Lukas Foss, Michael Tilson Thomas, Maximiano Valdés, Semyon Bychkov and Julius Rudel. During the tenure of JoAnn Falletta the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of radio broadcasts and recordings, including the release of 46 new albums of diverse repertoire on the Naxos and Beau Fleuve labels.

For more information, please visit: https://bpo.org/


Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic in performances that are well rehearsed, razor-sharp in execution, and a model of tonal refinement, as well as both inter- and intra-section coordination and balance.
These are solid, respectable performances, and Naxos’s budget price is often a determinative selling point. " – Jerry Dubins, Fanfare, May 2019

Falletta and her orchestra are often at their most persuasive when Respighi is at his most reflective. The woodwind solos that open Fontane twine ravishingly round each other, while the final section sounds very melancholy as the sun sets over the Villa Medici. The mandolin serenade that closes ‘L’Ottobrata’ in Feste romane is all amatory nostalgia, exquisitely done. Time suddenly stands still, meanwhile, when we reach the Catacombs in Pini, where the distant trumpet seems to hover eerily in the air and the penumbral strings suggest deep, reverential awe. The Gianicolo movement—slow and very sensuous indeed—is genuinely magical." – Tim Ashley, Gramophone, May 2019

It’s a long way from Buffalo to Rome, but the Buffalo Philharmonic players bridge the gap impressively in their new recording of Respighi’s trilogy of tone-poems based on the history and geography of the Italian city." – Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, May 2019