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Timothy Fallon - Ammiel Bushakevitz

Crepuscolo

Naxos
Release Date: June 3, 2022

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1 Ottorino Respighi Deità Silvane, P. 107 / No. 1, I fauni 02:14  
2 No. 2, Musica in horto 01:58  
3 No. 3, Egle 03:03  
4 No. 4, Acqua 02:54  
5 No. 5, Crepuscolo 04:22  
6 6 Melodie, P. 89 (Excerpts): No. 1, In alto mare 01:00  
7 Contrasto, P. 66  
8 Contrasto, P. 66 02:06  
9 L’ultima ebberezza, P. 8 03:23  
10 6 Melodie, P. 89 (Excerpts): No. 2, Abbandono 02:03  
11 Stornellatrice, P. 69 01:40  
12 Canti all'antica, P. 71: No. 1, L'udir talvolta 01:29  
13 No. 2, Ma come potrei 01:48  
14 No. 3, Ballata 01:36  
15 No. 4, Bella porta di Rubini 01:56  
16 No. 5, Canzone nell'opera comica Re Enzo 02:49  
17 Storia breve, P. 52 02:24  
18 6 Liriche, Series 2, P. 97: No. 6, Il giardino 04:00  
19 6 Liriche, Series 1, P. 90 (Excerpts): No. 6, Pioggia 02:19  
20 Lagrime, P. 9 03:59  
21 4 Scottish Songs, P. 143: No. 1, When the Kye Come Hame 05:14  
22 No. 2, Within a Mile of Edinburgh Town 03:30  
23 No. 3, My Heart's in the Highlands 03:57  
24 No. 4, The Piper of Dundee 02:17  
25 6 Liriche, Series 1, P. 90 (Excerpts): No. 1, O falce di luna 02:56  
26 Notturno in E-Flat Major, P. 11 03:39  
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Crepuscolo, a new recording of Songs by Ottorino Respighi featuring acclaimed American tenor Timothy Fallon with pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz.
Now available on BIS Records (BIS-2632 SAC).

The album, which is a co-production with BR-Klassik recorded at the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, includes 27 songs spanning three decades of the composer’s career including three complete song cycles as well as a selection of individual songs. While Respighi is best known for his orchestral works, these hidden gems are an important contribution to his body of work that are often overlooked.

From L’ultima ebbrezza, composed when Respighi (1879—1936) was 17 years old, to Quattro arie scozzesi (the Four Scottish Songs) from 1924, the songs attest to the variety of Respighi’s musical interests, influences and styles, and are at turns lyrically operatic, expressionist, impressionist or symbolist. The title track, Crepuscolo is the final song in Ottorino Respighi’s Deità Silvane ("Woodland Deities"), a song cycle of 5 poems by Antonio Rubino that opens the album. Crepuscolo was selected as the album title, according to the program notes, as it also stands for the twilight during the interwar years of everything that Respighi represented, as various trends such as atonality, spiky neoclassicism and futurism flourished. Respighi’s love of the Renaissance is manifest in the Cinque canti all’antica, settings of poets including Boccaccio. The recording is rounded out with some of Respighi’s most popular songs such as Nebbie, Stornellatrice, as well as lesser well-known works.

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