Editors’ Notes Opulent and seductive yet fresh and vibrant—Respighi’s music is unlike any other from the first half of the 20th century. A brilliant evoker of wide landscapes, Respighi describes three paintings by Botticelli, mixing plainchant with impressionist musical brushstrokes. Il tramonto (The Sunset) sets Shelley’s tragic love poem to music of Straussian grandeur, with mezzo Anna Caterina Antonacci on glittering form. Vetrate di chiesa (Church Windows) brings ancient and modern together once again in mystical, film score-like evocations of desert nomads, battles of angels and dragons, and the sixth-century Pope Gregory. Thrilling.