TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Classical
It was Respighis fascination with ancient dances and songs that inspired him to write his bird suite. His great love for such music is felt in every single movement of this work. While Respighi imbued each of the bird portraits with his very own sound coloring typical of his time, there is an original masterpiece by a Renaissance or Baroque composer lurking in the background.
"Speakers Corner has given these recordings the respect they deserve. The packaging is gorgeous: a black album titled "The Living Presence of 20th Century Music" and displaying the Mercury logo holds the three records with their original covers and liner notes. In addition, there are informative annotations on the music and Dorati, and a history of Mercury Living Presence...They sound at least as good and in some ways better than the originals...There are no negatives and not enough superlatives to describe these magnificent reissues. It's rare that performance, sound, and musical value combine at this level in a recording." - Arthur B. Lintgen, The Absolute Sound, February/March 2004
London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Dorati, conductor