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Adagio con variazioni, P133

1921; the middle movement of an unpublished cello concerto in E minor

The young Respighi wrote his cello concerto in E minor in 1902, but it was left unpublished until he later returned to this enchanting middle movement, Adagio con variazioni, in 1921. This single movement therefore spans much of his life as a composer.

Respighi spent his early years playing violin, viola and piano, as well as teaching, arranging Baroque music and studying composition with Bruch in Berlin and Rimsky-Korsakov in Russia. He moved to Rome in 1913 as a professor of composition, later being made director of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in 1923. This was all during a time when Rome was the centre of orchestral life in Italy and where Respighi was to make his name with works including Fountains of Rome (1916) and later Pines of Rome (1924).

Adagio con variazioni is dedicated to Antonio Certani, an old Bolognese friend and chamber music colleague. I wished to include a work that captures some of the spirit of Rome on this recording and felt that it would be particularly fitting to conclude the journey with this enchanting offering.

from notes by Guy Johnston © 2017


Tecchler's Cello
Studio Master: KGS0026Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for KGS0026 track 11

Recording date
28 January 2017
Recording venue
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Tecchler's Cello (KGS0026)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: September 2017
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