Wolf-Ferrari - Idillio Concertino, Serenata, Suite Concertino
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95875
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 17th May 2019
WorksIdillio-concertino in A major, op.15
Serenade for Strings in E flat major
Suite-concertino in F major, op.16
ArtistsFabien Thouand (oboe)
Valentino Zucchiatti (bassoon)
Nouva Orchestra da Camera ‘Ferruccio Busoni’
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.
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