We continue to highlight our recent HRx releases today with “Respighi”:
Grammy® Nominated: Best Engineered Album, Classical
Keith O. Johnson, Engineer
“Dazzling orchestral colors,” is one one way to describe the music of Ottorino Respighi. “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 the 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. “Dance of the Gnomes” is a little-known but characteristically dramatic and colorful (some might say “lurid”) tone poem. “Prof.” Johnson’s stunning HDCD¬ sonics make Respighi’s greatest hit “The Pines of Rome” (with extra brasses and organ!) a dazzling conclusion to this unusual, inventive program.
Track Listing:Belkis, Queen of Sheba–Suite [Solomon’s Dream; The Dance of Belkis at Dawn; War Dance; Orgiastic Dance (Chad Shelton, tenor)]; Dance of the Gnomes; The Pines of Rome [The Pines of the Villa Borghese; The Pines Near a Catacomb; The Pines of the Janiculum; The Pines of the Appian Way].
GRAMMY NOMINATION, 2002 (“Best Engineered, Classical”):
RESPIGHI (RR-95) was engineered by Keith O. Johnson using HDCD (High Definition Compatible Digital) technology, which he co-invented. It was produced by J. Tamblyn Henderson, Jr., 1998 Grammy nominee for Best Classical Producer. Recording sessions with Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra were in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, September 28-29, 1999; the release date was March 14, 2000.
This was “Prof.” Johnson’s fifth nomination for a GRAMMY engineering award.