Although Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is known mainly for his operatic compositions (La vedova scaltra is available on Naxos CD 8.660225-26 and DVD 2.110234-35), he wrote a number of sublimely expressive and lyrical orchestral works, devoting the majority of his time in later life to composing instrumental music. The three delightfully melodic, rhythmically buoyant and, at times elegiac works featured on this recording represent his complete wind concerto output.
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About the Artists
Born in Rome, Francesco La Vecchia studied with his maternal grandfather and gave his first concert at the age of nine. At eighteen he was the leader of the Quintetto Boccherini and at 23 founder of the Accademia Internazionale di Musica Arts Academy of Rome, and at 27 resident conductor of the Orchestra della Istituzione Sinfonica di Roma. He has conducted more than a hundred of the leading orchestras of the world and recorded in Japan, Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Italy. The ‘Maestro’ series of recordings, named after him, was first released in 1999. Francesco La Vecchia founded the Orchestra Sinfonica del Lazio, the New World Young Orchestra, three festivals in Italy, one in Brazil and one in Mexico and has served as Artistic Director, Principal Guest Conductor and Musical Director with orchestras, theatres and festivals in Hungary, Brazil, Mexico, Portugual and Italy. In 2002 he was appointed Artistic Director and Resident Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma. Under his leadership the orchestra has rapidly achieved success in Europe and in highly successful tours to St Petersburg, Madrid, Belgrade, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, London, Athens, Berlin, Beijing and Shanghai. He has been the recipient of several important official awards in Italy and abroad.
The oboist Andrea Tenaglia was born at Lanciano in 1971 and studied with Claudio Di Bucchianico and Alberto Negroni, graduating in 1991, followed by further study with Ingo Goritzky and Hansjorg Schellenberger. In 1998 he won first prize from the Zurich Conservatory at a workshop for the best students at music schools in Switzerland, playing Richard Strauss’s Oboe concerto, and in 2000 won distinction in the soloist diploma at Zurich under Thomas Indermühle. In 2006 he won further honour for his thesis on Great Oboe Schools of the 19th Century at the Teramo G. Braga Conservatory. He has served as principal oboe in a number of leading Italian orchestras under distinguished conductors. He is a founding member of the Marten Ensemble and of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma Wind Quintet, and from 1998 to 2002 was principal oboe in the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Since 2002 he has held the position of principal oboe with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma.
Born in Naples, William Moriconi is first oboe of the Orchetra Sinfonica di Roma under the direction of Francesco La Vecchia, playing on many tours abroad, including to the United States, China, South America, Russia, Greece, Spain, and Germany. Prior to this he played with Suono Italiano per l’Europa, Italian musicians in the European Union Youth Orchestra, which included tours in Italy and abroad. William Moriconi studied in Florence and in Switzerland, and then at the Teatro Alla Scala Orchestra Professional Academy under Riccardo Muti. He is now involved in a range of cultural projects in the United Kingdom as a solo artist and artistic director.
Giuseppe Ciabocchi was born in Apecchio, Italy. He graduated with honours from the G. Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro with Adrian Sabbatini and, under the guidance of Francesco Bossone, was awarded his academic diploma, II level, at the Conservatory S. Cecilia in Rome. He thereafter attended master-classes with Gabriele Screpis, Paolo Carlini, Valentino Zucchiatti and Milan Turkovic. Since 2003 he has served as principal bassoonist in the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, also appearing as a soloist. He has worked with other distinguished Italian orchestras and takes chamber music classes in Lanciano, in association with the Pergolesi Institute of Musical Studies, Ancona.
The Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma was established in 2002 by the Rome Foundation and is a rare example in Europe of an orchestra that is completely privately funded. The orchestra has won wide international critical recognition, including performances in the presence of four heads of state, the Queen of Spain and the Queen of the Netherlands. The Artistic and Musical Director is Francesco La Vecchia. Leading choruses, soloists and conductors have collaborated with the orchestra and concert tours have taken it to major international venues in Asia, the Americas and Europe, with notable success in 2007 at the Berlin Philharmonic. The orchestra gives some 120 concerts a year, with 70 concerts in the official season at the Auditorium in the Via Conciliazione. Since 2003 the orchestra has played a leading part in the summer international festival Roma nel cuore in the Basilica of Maxentius in the Roman Forum. The orchestra is undertaking for Naxos a series of recordings of important compositions by Italian composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.