Edward Johnson writes… Today, 18th April, sees two anniversaries. Stokowski was born in London on 18th April 1882 and Respighi died in Rome on 18th April 1936. Here are the two combined in three YouTube performances of The Pines of Rome. They’re all good, so take your pick! …

London Symphony / 1959 – BBC broadcast …

At this time, Neville Marriner was leader of the LSO’s second violins, so he may be playing on this performance*

Philadelphia Orchestra / 1960 – Stereo broadcast with lengthy intro by the announcer …

American Symphony / 1969 – “Live” stereo recording …