Composer: Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer: Alban Beikircher
Orchestra: Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Chuhei Iwasaki
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Ars Produktion
Size: 612 MB
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 26
01. I. Fantasia
02. II. Romanza
03. IIIa. Improvviso. Agitato con passione
04. IIIb. Rondò finale. Allegro assai
Divertimento in D Major, Op. 20
05. I. Variazioni su un tema capriccioso
06. II. Canzone pastorale
07. III. Siciliana
08. IV. Rondo finale
I gioielli della Madonna (Excerpts)
09. Festa popolare
12. Danza napolitana
It is regrettable that the music of the German-Italian Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948) is largely forgotten today.
Yet until the 1930s he was considered a legitimate successor to Verdi and Puccini and was one of the most frequently performed opera composers in the world.
Not only did the First World War and fascism in Italy and Germany plunge him into a creative crisis, musical history overtook his tonal language, which then seemed finally obsolete after the Second World War.
A Wolf-Ferrari renaissance is still pending, but the present successful recording with instrumental music will contribute to an overdue revision.