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Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari:Violin Concerto; orchestral music from the operas / Benjamin Schmid, violin

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>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 26
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Il campiello
>     Preludio
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Le donne curiose
>     Ouverture
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : L'amore medico
>     Ouverture
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : I quatro rusteghi
>     Intermezzo
>Unspecified : [Bonus DVD Disc]

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>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 26
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Il campiello
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Le donne curiose
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : L'amore medico
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : I quatro rusteghi
>Unspecified : [Bonus DVD Disc]
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Friedrich Haider brings the music of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari back into the limelight Amidst all the turmoil of war in the years 1940 to 1943, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari composed a violin concerto in the festive key of D major. The composer's ability to distance himself artistically from what was happening in the world was often called "anachronistic" and described as "composing with blinkers on". No one knows what the composer was thinking and feeling at the time. An intense encounter with the great violinist Guila Bustabo was what inspired him to write this composition in a melodic, romantic tonal language untouched by the contemporary trends of modernity. The two artists were enchanted by each other and carried on a spiritual friendship, largely by correspondence. The composition is a declaration of love: "For Guila Bustabo in admiration" is written in the score, and her letters to him respond in kind. The first performance took place in the Munich Tonhalle in 1944. Bustabo was partnered by the Munich Philharmonic under Oswald Kabasta. Why this inspired violin concerto has since led a marginalized existence, all but completely neglected in everyday concert life, is incomprehensible. Thanks to Friedrich Haider, the German-Italian Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari has experienced something of a renaissance over the past few years. Ever since the conductor came across a score by this composer in a London second-hand bookshop, he has been fascinated by this music and become an ardent champion of the almost forgotten master. "Wolf-Ferrari's violin concerto contains simply everything a violinist could desire," says Benjamin Schmid. When he was given the score by Friedrich Haider, he was immediately captivated by the work. "With Wolf-Ferrari, you have the feeling that he is singing every second of the time. One brilliant melodic idea follows the other in all four movements of the violin concerto. It has enchantingly beautiful inspirations and an endless wealth of nuance, and is subtle in form and magnificently orchestrated as well." FARAO classics is planning a Wolf-Ferrari cycle with Friedrich Haider including several world première recordings.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium Prindipe Felipe Oviedo (2009-2010).



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>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 26
  • Performers: Benjamin Schmid (Violin); Benjamin Schmid (Violin)
  • Conductor: Friedrich Haider
  • Ensemble: Oviedo Filarmonia
  • Running Time: 35 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1946

>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Il campiello :: Preludio
  • Conductor: Friedrich Haider
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 02/11/1936

>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Le donne curiose :: Ouverture
  • Conductor: Friedrich Haider
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/27/1903

>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : L'amore medico :: Ouverture
  • Conductor: Friedrich Haider
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : I quatro rusteghi :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Friedrich Haider
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 03/19/1906

>Unspecified : [Bonus DVD Disc]