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(1876 - 1948)

Common Misspellings of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, born on 12 January 1876, the son of a German painter and his Italian wife, was throughout his life divided between the two cultures, uniting in himself the deep-felt seriousness of the German and the cheerful calmness of the Italian, bel canto and counterpoint, philosophy and grace. He spent his life between Munich and Venice, in Germany longing for Italy and vice versa. This geographical division was also the foundation of his creative existence. It was very early in his life that Wolf-Ferrari enjoyed great cultural success, winning international fame with his choral work La vita nuova and the opera Le donne curiose. Already at the age of nineteen he was appointed choral director in Milan and at 27 he became, for his life-time, director of the Liceo Benedetto Marcello in Venice. After six years he ended his contract to settle in Munich, where he lived and worked for the next 35 years, in complete seclusion, seldom yielding to the light of publicity. The first World War brought about a great crisis in his life, resulting in a creative break of several years. After that came a new impulse to compose and Wolf-Ferrari produced one masterpiece after another. In 1939 he accepted appointment to the Salzburg Mozarteum. His last years were clouded by the second World War and its consequences. Suffering from heart disease, he dedicated himself strongly again to his old love, chamber music. He died of a heart attack in Venice on 21 January 1948.

The compositions left by Wolf-Ferrari include oratorios, choral and orchestral works, chamber music and songs, thirteen operas, three serious (I gioielli della Madonna, Das Himmelskleid and Sly) and ten comic, of which Le donne curiose and I quattro rusteghi are the best known, the most successful and most often staged. Of all his operas Wolf-Ferrari loved most his fairy-tale opera Das Himmelskleid.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 3: The Acoustic Recordings (1912-1913) Naxos Historical
Opera, Orchestral
PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings (1939, 1954) Naxos Historical
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 16 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.: Scheherazade (Ormandy) (NTSC) EuroArts
Classical Concert
TAUBER, Richard: Opera Arias (1919-1926) Naxos Historical
VERDI: Messa da Requiem (Schwarzkopf, Di Stefano, De Sabata) (1954) Naxos Historical
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Idillio-concertino / Concertino in A-Flat Major / PEDROLLO, A.: Oboe Concertino / BENJAMIN, A.: Oboe Concerto in C Major (Baccini) Tactus
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Serenade in E-Flat Major / Violin Concerto (Zuccarini) Tactus
Concertos, Orchestral
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Vedova Scaltra (La) (La Fenice, 2007) Naxos
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Vedova scaltra (La) (La Fenice, 2007) (NTSC) Naxos
Opera DVD
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Wind Concertinos (Tenaglia, Moriconi, Ciabocchi, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia) Naxos
WOLF-FERRARI: Himmelskleid (Das) Marco Polo
WOLF-FERRARI: Sinfonia da Camera / STRAUSS-SCHOENBERG: Kaiserwalzer / BLOCH: 4 Episodes Marco Polo
WOLF-FERRARI: Sinfonia da camera in B-Flat Major / Piano Quintet in D-Flat Major Dynamic
Orchestral, Chamber Music
WOLF-FERRARI: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 Dynamic
Chamber Music

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