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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