Wolf-Ferrari - Dreams and Drama: Violin Sonatas 1-3 | Naxos 8574297

Wolf-Ferrari - Dreams and Drama: Violin Sonatas 1-3


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574297

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 23rd April 2021



Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s reputation rests largely on his operas, but the instrumental music he composed at the beginning and end of his career deserves a wider currency. The influence of Brahms can be detected in the First and Second Violin Sonatas, though Wolf-Ferrari’s distinctive long-breathed melodies and chromatic flow are clearly present; the dramatic and expressive Second also includes references to Wagner’s Tristan. With its neo-Bachian figuration, passages of intense melancholy and uplifting operatic fantasy, the final Third Sonata is an enigmatic work, and unlike any other in the repertoire.

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