Ottorino Respighi (1879-
1936) occupies a special place amongst the Italian composers that
rose between the two World Wars. An individual synthesis of romanticism,
impressionism and Italian neo-classicism gave his music unique distinguishing
features. It was not just a superficial stylistic imitation of the
musical language of the classical and baroque ages but a deep penetration
into musical forms, themes and methods of composition.
Alexei Skavronsky was born in 1931. He took lessons of music
from professor Savshinsky in Leningrad and later from professor
Ginzburg who was an outstanding pianist and teacher at the Moscow
Conservatoire. In 1957 Skavronsky won the first prize at the International
Smetana Competition in Prague. Since then he gives recitals and
plays at concerts all over the world presenting very extensive and
diverse repertoire. Both musical critics and listeners noted in
particular his interpretation of complicated and rarely played works
by an Italian composer Ottolini Resphigi.