Wolf-Ferrari - Susanna’s Secret, Serenata | Avie AV2193

Wolf-Ferrari - Susanna’s Secret, Serenata

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Label: Avie

Cat No: AV2193

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 7th June 2010

Contents

Artists

Dora Rodrigues
Marc Canturri
European Opera Centre
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Vasily Petrenko

Works

Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno

Il segreto di Susanna (Suzanna's secret)
Serenata: Canti (5) Per Baritono

Artists

Dora Rodrigues
Marc Canturri
European Opera Centre
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Vasily Petrenko

About

Vasily Petrenko, the RLPO and the European Opera Centre reunite for a rare, live recording of the one-act opera Susanna’s Secret by Wolf-Ferrari, uniquely coupled with the composer’s Serenata: Five Songs for Baritone.

Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO first collaborated with the Liverpool-based European Opera Centre on a Russian double-bill of Shostakovich’s The Gamblers and Rothschild’s Violin by Fleishman. The resulting 2-CD set on Avie garnered a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and contributed to Petrenko’s winning the Young Artist of the Year accolade at the 2007 Gramophone Awards.

Wolf-Ferrari’s neo-classical score is as seductive as the Edwardian plot in which the new wife of a jealous Count attempts to hide her smoking habit. When he catches her, their improbable reconciliation results in a rather different sort of smouldering. The young singers of the EOC throw themselves into their roles with appropriate passion.

The recording is uniquely rounded out with Wolf-Ferrari’s Serenata, five songs extracted from his seldom-heard Italian Songbook.

This addictive entertainment was as much a showcase for Vasily Petrenko and the Liverpool Phil as it was for Canturri’s incisive, handsome baritone and Rodrigues’s smooth, well-focused soprano” – The Independent on Sunday (on the live performance of Susanna’s Secret in Liverpool)

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