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Wolf-Ferrari: Il Segreto di Susanna & Serenade for Strings / Haider, Oviedo Filarmonia


Release Date: 03/08/2019 
Label:  Naxos Opera Classics   Catalog #: 8660385  
Composer:  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer:  Angel OdenaJudith Howarth
Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oviedo Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s prolific early career succeeded in launching a fundamental renewal of opera buffa, offering a clear alternative to the dominance of Wagner and Puccini, while his Venetian upbringing inspired a songlike and lyrical style. With its subtle orchestration and vivacious Mediterranean charm, Il segreto di Susanna (‘Susanna’s Secret’) is a magical comic opera that became a box office success in its day and remains one of Wolf-Ferrari’s most frequently performed works. The early Serenade reveals his innate gift for inspired melody, expressing both carefree bliss and bitter melancholy.

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REVIEW:

The comic opera's music is very good, witty but never banal. Indeed, it's almost on a
Read more par with such first-rate Italian composers as Martucci and late Verdi, which is saying something.. Soprano Howarth has an absolutely gorgeous voice and, as the performances progresses, reveals herself as a fine vocal actress.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Il segreto di Susanna by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Performer:  Angel Odena (Baritone), Judith Howarth (Soprano)
Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oviedo Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Munich, Germany 
2.
Serenade for Strings in E flat major by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Conductor:  Friedrich Haider
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oviedo Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1893; Italy 

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