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Wolf-Ferrari - I gioielli della Madonna

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Label: Naxos - Opera

Cat No: 866038687

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th April 2016

Contents

Artists

Natalia Ushakova (soprano)
Susanne Bernhard (mezzo-soprano)
Kyungho Kim (tenor)
Peter Maly (tenor)
Daniel Capkovic (baritone)
Frantisek Duriac (bass)
Bratislava Boys Choir
Pressburg Singers
Slovak National Theatre Opera Chorus
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Friedrich Haider

Works

Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno

I gioielli della Madonna (The jewels of the Madonna)

Artists

Natalia Ushakova (soprano)
Susanne Bernhard (mezzo-soprano)
Kyungho Kim (tenor)
Peter Maly (tenor)
Daniel Capkovic (baritone)
Frantisek Duriac (bass)
Bratislava Boys Choir
Pressburg Singers
Slovak National Theatre Opera Chorus
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Friedrich Haider

About

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s The Jewels of the Madonna was a spectacular success in its day, yet after a triumphant world tour it gathered dust until its 1953 Italian première, since when it has received but a handful of performances, culminating in May 2015 with this highly acclaimed revival at the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava. Combining Italian lyricism with the dramatic realism of verismo and colourful folk-music, The Jewels brings mystical atmosphere and sublimely detailed musical effects to its highly suspenseful plot, delivering powerful choruses, seductive love songs, saucy serenades and orgiastic dances.

Reviews

A queasy brew of incense and incest, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s 1911 hit opera The Jewels of the Madonna is now almost forgotten, but Opera Holland Park staged it in 2013, and now comes this, apparently its first full recording, taken from a staging in Bratislava last summer. Its love triangle plot, involving a woman aspiring unsympathetically to freedom, her creepy stepbrother and a Camorrist capo, is pure kitsch, but Wolf-Ferrari’s score is skilful, starting Petrushka-style in the midst of a street party, and moving fluidly throughout between public and private, devotional and lustful.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 29 April 2016
... what a score it is, a dizzying juxtaposition of all sorts of modernistic influences (Debussy, Strauss & Co) against a wild and raucous evocation of Neopolitan street life – the feral dance of Act 3 is a fine example, in which something akin to Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils segues into a sort of naive tarantella. ... It’s all a decent effort, and an achievement of which Haider and his Bratislava forces can be proud: the conductor paces it all well, and his players keep up impressively.  Hugo Shirley
Gramophone July 2016

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