Latest Wolf-Ferrari – Release


awarded with the  Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 1/2013 


Concerto for Violin and Orchestra D major op.35


Benjamin Schmid, violin


Friedrich Haider



WF Violinkonzert


The splendidly edited CD-set also includes a DVD-video documentation giving informations about genesis and mysterious backgrounds of the concerto, composed in the middle of the 2nd World War („Love Letter to a Violinist“). The 100-page booklet presents an essay and an interview with conductor Friedrich Haider, as well as mostly unpublished photo documents, letters and facsimiles (Ger./Eng.).

The set is being published by

Farao Classics



Il segreto di Susanna


Judith Howarth, Susanna / Angel Odena, Gil


Friedrich Haider


The rediscovery of a masterpiece! 





Conductor Friedrich Haider about the overture of this brilliant one act opera: 

„Wolf-Ferrari creates a highly personal musical language that is a thrill of excitement from the very first bars of the overture on – a most magnificent example of Italian comedy – vivacità. In its melodic bliss and mediterranean expression of liberty this overture seems to be in love with life itself, bursts of ingenuity, is moody, cocky and blessed at the same time. A masterstroke!“

From the international press this live recording has been hailed unanimously.



Concerto for Violin and Orchestra D major op.35


Guila Bustabo, violin

Münchner Philharmoniker

Rudolf Kempe


Anyone who is interested in the dedicatee and interpreter of the Violin Concerto’s world premiere should listen to this unofficial live recording (27 november, 1971) with Guila Bustabo. It was released in a limited edition of 300 pieces only, is hard to find and certainly has it’s price. However, Bustabos highly energetic, sometimes gruff access is an experience all of its own. The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Rudolf Kempe.


Violinkonzert - Guila Bustabo



„Invocazione“ –

Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester op.31

Sinfonia Brevis op.28


Gustav Rivinius, Violoncello

Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt

Alan Francis


Wolf-Ferrari: Cellokonzert


Two works from the composers latest period in the only available recording so far.



 The Wind Concertos


Diego Dini Ciacci, Oboe, Englischhorn

Paolo Carlini, Fagott

Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto

Zsolt Hamar


An integral recording of the three wind concertos – for oboe, bassoon and cor anglais – accompanied by strings with two french horns. Melancholy works of the composer’s later period in which even brighter or dance-like sections are filled with silent sadness.




Serenade for string orchestra


I Solisti Veneti

Claudio Scimone


Leaving aside his operas, the „Serenade for Strings“ of the 17-years-old Wolf-Ferrari is the most frequently performed work of his oeuvre. This has been reflected in a rather high number of recordings. The one of Claudio Scimone with the „Solisti Veneti“ ranks top among approximately 15 other releases on LP or CD. The striking „leggerezza“ and transparency of sound, the truly Italian, never sentimental Espressivo and the terrific impetus of the finale – all that is touching and captivating at the same time.






Chamber Symphony in B flat major op.8




Neither „serious“ chamber music nor big symphonic, but an extraordinarily free, playful, blissfully melodic work, which sometimes seems to draw in the night atmosphere of Piazza San Marco in Venice where small chamber ensembles try to outplay each other with entertaining, virtuosic or serious tunes. A thoroughly happy Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari we meet here, a 25 years old genius on his way to world fame.





Trios & Duos for string instruments


Deutsches Streichtrio


This is an exemplary chamber music recording at the CPO label by the „German String Trio“ (Hans Kalafusz – violin, Jürgen Weber – Viola, Reiner Ginzel – cello) in excellent sound quality. An integral recording of duets and trios for string instruments starting with the B minor trio of 18-year-old Wolf-Ferrari followed by the Duos for Violin and Cello op.33b (adaptation of the viola d’amore – viola da gamba work), the late A minor Trio op.32 (1945 ) and the „Introduzione e Balletto“ op.35 for violin and cello. The sensitive playing and clarity of structure deliver a listening experience par excellence!







The Piano Trios op.5 & 7

Piano Quintet op.6


Münchner Klaviertrio

Leopolder Quartett

Wolfgang Sawallisch, piano


These highly sensitive musicians from Munich do know about the significant, rhetoric sound of Wolf-Ferrari. Wolfgang Sawallisch, an admirer of the composer, is playing the piano part of the D flat major quintet with unutterable beautiful sound.





3 Impromptus op 13

6 Bagatelles op. posth.


Horst Göbel, piano

Thorofon / Capella





Italian Songbook




Yvi Jänicke, mezzosoprano

Bruno Canino, piano




Italienisches Liederbuch 



Die neugierigen Frauen (Le donne curiose)


Arlecchino – Benno Kusche

Beatrice – Hetty Plümacher

Colombina – Hanna Clauss

Florindo – Christo Bajew

Leandro – Stefan Schwer

Lelio – Gerhard Hüsch

Ottavio – Walter Hagner

Pantalone – Engelbert Czubok

Rosaura – Margot Guilleaume

Eleonora – Fritzi Göhrum


Chor und Orchester des Stuttgarter Rundfunks

Dirigent: Hans Müller-Kray

Cantus Classics


Donne Curiose



Il Segreto di Susanna


Susanna – Renata Scotto

Gil – Renato Bruson


Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor: John Pritchard






I Quatro Rusteghi


Lunardo – Nicola Rossi-Lemeni

Margarita – Cloe Elmo

Lucieta – Rosanna Carteri

Maurizio – Silvio Maionica

Marina – Ilva Ligabue

Filipeto – Cesare Valletti

Simon – Marco Stefanoni

Canciano – Melchiorre Luise

Felice – Silvana Zanolli

Conte Riccardo Arcolai – Giuseppe Zampieri

Una serva – Luisa Mandelli

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala

Conductor: Antonino Votto

(Teatro alla Scala, unofficial live recording June 2, 1954)

Front Cetra Dokuments DOC26 (3 LPs)


I Quatro Rusteghi 



Das Himmelskleid


Die Fürstin Angelina Ruzzafante

Der Prinz Sibrand Basa

Der Kanzler Reinhard Leisenheimer

Fürst Korbinian Stefan Adam

Fürst Gudolin Sergio Gomez

Fürst Fridolin Peer-Martin Sturm

Fürst Pippin Michael Kurz

Die Mondfee Anna Maria Dur

Opernchor Hagen 

Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen

Concuctor: Gerhard Markson

Marco Polo


Das Himmelskleid