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Wolf-Ferrari: I gioielli della Madonna / Haider, Slovak Radio Symphony

Release Date: 05/13/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8660386   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer:  Peter MalySusanne BernhardKyungho KimNatalia Ushakova,   ... 
Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak National Theatre Opera ChorusSlovak Radio Symphony OrchestraBratislava Boys Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This set will be welcomed by fans of Wolf-Ferrari and those with a curiosity about this work. Conductor Friedrich Haider keeps excitement high. Natalia Ushakova’s cutting-edge top and darkish, Tosca-like tone is just right for Maliella, and she chews up the text, smolders, and soars over the orchestra. It’s a big sing and Ushakova impresses. Tenor Kyungho Kim sings steadily and is well able to express Gennaro’s one dimension; his final, loony scene in front of the Madonna is finely played. The role of Rafaele really needs a steadier—and darker—baritone than Daniel Capkovic possesses. He’s a nastier guy than Alfio in Cavalleria, but Capkovic sings without much authority or menace. Susanne Bernhard is a voice of reason
Read more and niceness as Carmela, Gennaro’s mother, in their one duet. You’ll know if you need this.

– ClassicsToday (Robert Levine)

You don’t stumble over a Wolf-Ferrari opera recording every day and this one is definitely worth the attention of every lover of Italian opera. He was no Verdi, no Puccini, but he was a true professional and he could write lovely melodies. He also had the measure of this bloodcurdling drama.

– MusicWeb International (Göran Forsling) Read less

Works on This Recording

I gioielli della Madonna by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer:  Peter Maly (Tenor), Susanne Bernhard (Mezzo Soprano), Kyungho Kim (Tenor),
Natalia Ushakova (Soprano), Daniel Capkovic (Baritone), Frantisek Duriac (Bass)
Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak National Theatre Opera Chorus,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bratislava Boys Choir  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1911 

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