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"Declaration of love to a violinist" A documentary in German about the CD recording.
Subtitled in English, Italian and Japanese.
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Concerto for violin and orchestra
in D major, op. 26
Orchestral music from operas
"Il campiello" - Preludio
"Le donne curiose" - Ouverture
"L'amore medico" - Ouverture
"I quatro rusteghi" - Intermezzo
Recorded at Auditorium "Principe Felipe" Oviedo/Spain, 2010
booklet: (German, English) 96 pages, 4/4 colour, with detailed textual and visual material about the work and life of Wolf-Ferrari
"… This immortal concerto, it is a blessing to work on its every note. ... My thoughts travel through the centuries to the writings of Buddha […] The first movement of this new concerto seems to shine in the pure light of eternity.” Guila Bustabo in a letter to Wolf-Ferrari
Friedrich Haider brings the music of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari back into the limelight
Amidst all the turmoil of war in the years 1940 to 1943, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari composed a violin concerto in the festive key of D major. The composer's ability to distance himself artistically from what was happening in the world was often called “anachronistic” and described as "composing with blinkers on".
No one knows what the composer was thinking and feeling at the time. An intense encounter with the great violinist Guila Bustabo was what inspired him to write this composition in a melodic, romantic tonal language untouched by the contemporary trends of modernity. The two artists were enchanted by each other and carried on a spiritual friendship, largely by correspondence. The composition is a declaration of love: “For Guila Bustabo in admiration” is written in the score, and her letters to him respond in kind.
The first performance took place in the Munich Tonhalle in 1944. Bustabo was partnered by the Munich Philharmonic under Oswald Kabasta.
Why this inspired violin concerto has since led a marginalised existence, all but completely neglected in everyday concert life, is incomprehensible.
Thanks to Friedrich Haider, the German-Italian Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari has experienced something of a renaissance over the past few years. Ever since the conductor came across a score by this composer in a London second-hand bookshop, he has been fascinated by this music and become an ardent champion of the almost forgotten master.
"Wolf-Ferrari's violin concerto contains simply everything a violinist could desire," says Benjamin Schmid. When he was given the score by Friedrich Haider, he was immediately captivated by the work. "With Wolf-Ferrari, you have the feeling that he is singing every second of the time. One brilliant melodic idea follows the other in all four movements of the violin concerto. It has enchantingly beautiful inspirations and an endless wealth of nuance, and is subtle in form and magnificently orchestrated as well."
FARAO classics is planning a Wolf-Ferrari cycle with Friedrich Haider including several world première recordings.
All recordings previously produced by PhilArtis Vienna with Friedrich Haider will also soon again be available from FARAO GmbH.
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"... Wolf-Ferrari's violin concerto is a major discovery and deserves far wider currency. This fine performance should win the piece many friends. Friedrich Haider has a passionate commitment to Wolf-Ferrari's music and here he draws finely expressive playing from the orchestra and in Benjamin Schmid has a soloist who is ideal in his combination of technical skill and intense lyricism. " planethugill.com, Robert Hugill, 30 July 2015
"… And the music is performed with persuasive conviction, helped by a recording that brings out the beauty of Wolf-Ferrari's orchestral writing. Benjamin Schmid is a wonderfully eloquent advocate for the Concerto, evoking the intense, romantic aura of the initial bond between composer and violinist. And the short orchestral pieces, given lively, graceful performances, take us back to the happier times when Wolf-Ferrari achieved his first successes." Gramophone, Duncan Druce, March 2013
"… Benjamin Schmid gives a perfumed account of the concerto, blending at times almost smarmy expressivity with technical acuity in the more virtuosic moments (for example, in the finale). … Haider, who, in his interview (both in the booklet and on the DVD) discusses his decade-long near-obsession with the composer, seems the perfect choice to accompany Schmid, not only biographically but musically and temperamentally as well. … The recorded sound presents the soloist and the orchestra in what almost sounds like high definition, with timbres that blaze or sublimate themselves as the occasion demands; the whole should make a deep impression on listeners. Strongly recommended." Fanfare, Robert Maxham, 06 April 2013
"… Benjamin Schmid makes a strong case for the piece. This is brilliantly agile, exuberant playing, and he's sweetly accompanied by Frederich Haider's Oviedo Filarmonia. … Gorgeous music, beautifully played." theartsdesk.com, Graham Rickson, 06 July 2013