Like so many discs coming out these days it started life as a lockdown project, but Ian Bostridge and Saskia Giorgini’s recital of songs by Ottorino Respighi is very special indeed. Still known primarily for his colourful orchestral evocations of Roman trees, fountains and festivals, Respighi was steeped in song throughout his career. He was even married to a singer, so it’s fair to say he had an intimate and hands-on understanding of the voice. The British tenor and Italian pianist prove the perfect partnership with Bostridge bringing his trademark engagement with the text and illuminating insights and Giorgini providing sensitive, supportive and imaginative accompaniments.

To find out more about our December Recording of the Month, Clive Paget caught up with them over Zoom.

Saskia, I think you discovered these songs during lockdown. How did that come about and why Respighi?

Saskia:I had so much time, and my mind was going to very strange places. I like song repertoire and I knew there were some Italian songs by Respighi, and knew Pioggia, but I was like “I cannot believe there is so little.” I was just exploring, and I found a set of four songs by Respighi, and they...