RESPIGHI Pines of Rome 4101452

. . . remarkably effective. The fast-driven tempos give unity and cohesion to a work that can sometimes feel episodic, and yet at no time does the listener feel rushed . . . [in Dutoit's "Pines of the Janiculum"] his brisk march up the Appian Way works a treat. Whereas others trudge, Dutoit's Roman legion pounds toward us with an aggressive, Stravinsky-like menace. This is an army that means business, and don't we know it.