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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.



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

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 
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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