Richard Bratby

Turn it up and feel the walls shake: John Wilson’s Respighi reviewed

Wilson's handpicked orchestra has already released two knockout recordings, but this latest disc has a truly cinematic swagger

Grade: A

The strings rear up, there’s a flash of steel from the trumpets, and ten seconds into Respighi’s Feste Romane, you can already tell that things are about to get physical. It’s the heft of the sound that floors you — the gut punch of a 100-piece orchestra darting through Respighi’s Technicolor sonorities with the silken grace of a puma.

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