Belkis, Queen of Sheba was conceived as an evening long ballet with singing whose lavishness has kept it from view since its La Scala premiere. This is only the second recording of a suite prepared by the composer - for the first time with tenor solo (sung by Chad Shelton), and with the movements in the correct order. The music's oriental perfumes and barbaric splendor guarantee the enthusiasm of anyone who hears it.
Hear it for the first time on a 176.4 kHz, 24bit HDCD mastered CD with spectacular, pristine sonics!
"A compulsory purchase for every Respighi devotee" - Han Lace, Fanfare (Chosen for his "Wish List" - one of the five top releases of 2001)
Musicians: The Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Eiji Oue.
Selections: Belkis Queen of Sheba - Suite, Dance of the Gnomes, The Pines of Rome.