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Violinist Julia Fischer.
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June 28, 2011 A lovely new recording by violinist Julia Fischer contains an unexpected emotional resonance, due to her conductor's premature death.
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Soprano Takesha Meshe Kizart takes the title role in the German Opera production of Respighi's rediscovered 'Marie Victoire.'
March 26, 2010 Set against the frantic backdrop of the French Revolution, Respighi's Marie Victoire was slated for a 1915 premiere, but it never happened. Like his popular Pines of Rome, Respighi uses the orchestra like a jumbo box of crayons to create an explosion of color.
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February 27, 2008 From cuckoos to roosters, nightingales to goldfinches, composers have long been fascinated with the sounds of birds. Hear how their chirps, twitters, and songs are imitated by the instruments of the orchestra.
May 11, 2005 Ottorino Respighi based his Botticelli Triptych on three famous paintings by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli: Spring, Adoration of the Magi and Birth of Venus.
November 29, 2004 The Italian composer Ottorino Respighi learned about orchestral color while studying with Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg. Respighi's subjects included the fountains and pines of Rome, and the Botticelli Triptych: three Renaissance paintings by Sandro Botticelli that hang in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
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