There’s no place like Rome: Pappano and the Santa Cecilians dazzle in Respighi

Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Respighi: Wang; Santa Cecilia/Pappano ****

Royal Festival Hall, 11th May 2017

All roads lead to Rome. Last night however, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia brought the Eternal City vividly to London in the form of two of Respighi’s vibrant travelogues, the Fountains and Pines of Rome. The Royal Festival Hall was the latest stop on the orchestra’s Roman Holiday, three years since it last toured here. Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano is a more familiar face in London –  even if that face is usually buried in the pit at Covent Garden – and it was no surprise to see him launch into these glorious Technicolor scores with such vigour.

Sir Antonio Pappano
© Riccardo Musacchio & Flavio Ianniello

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