Wolf-Ferrari - Idillio Concertino, Serenata, Suite Concertino | Brilliant Classics 95875

Wolf-Ferrari - Idillio Concertino, Serenata, Suite Concertino

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95875

Barcode: 5028421958750

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 17th May 2019



Fabien Thouand (oboe)
Valentino Zucchiatti (bassoon)
Nouva Orchestra da Camera ‘Ferruccio Busoni’


Massimo Belli


Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno

Idillio-concertino in A major, op.15
Serenade for Strings in E flat major
Suite-concertino in F major, op.16


Fabien Thouand (oboe)
Valentino Zucchiatti (bassoon)
Nouva Orchestra da Camera ‘Ferruccio Busoni’


Massimo Belli


Little-known but delightful instrumental treasures from the composer of ‘The Jewels of the Madonna’.

Given its colour by a pastorally evocative scoring of oboe and small orchestra, the Idillio Concertino lives up to its name with calm and gentle cantabile writing throughout in Wolf-Ferrari’s most neoclassical vein. The composer’s declared idol was Mozart, and all three of these works seek to recover something of a timeless beauty which many locate in Viennese Classicism. ‘When a piece of music touches our heart,’ said Wolf-Ferrari, ‘we do not need to understand why it does so: indeed it is something that should not be understood, even were it possible to do so. We do not need to be botanists to perceive the beauty of a forest! In art, it is sentiment, not reason, which determines [our reaction]. Art does not desire an audience of initiates, a congregation of the faithful, but a pure and open heart.’ This newly recorded album is for every listener who feels likewise.

The solo instrument for the Suite-Concertino is the bassoon, but the dreamy mood prevails in the long-breathed opening Nocturne, which is followed by a quick, strumming scherzo, a lovely heartfelt Canzone and a gentle concluding Andante.

This pair of concertos from 1933 is complemented by one of Wolf-Ferrari’s best-known instrumental works, the four-movement Serenade for Strings which dates from a full 40 years earlier, before the composer embarked on an operatic career. In this precociously mature work – written at the age of 17 – Mozart is even more clearly a guiding light, as indeed he was for the composer’s contemporary Busoni, who lends his name to this chamber orchestra based in the north-east of Italy.

Founded in 1965 by Aldo Belli, the Nouva Orchestra da Camera ‘Ferruccio Busoni’ boasts a distinguished discography such as the ‘Idyll’ album on Brilliant Classics (BC95199): ‘The chamber orchestra "Ferruccio Busoni", based in Trieste, northern Italy, plays the three gems with a great sense of elegance, a loving eye for the poetic subtleties of the pieces and not without a zest for life.’ (JPC – Leidenschaft für Musik, 2017)

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