Artist: Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Title Of Album: I Quattro Rusteghi, Bogo CD1
Year Of Release: 1999
Label: Mondo Musica
Format: Monkey's Audio (tracks+cue), log-file
Total Time: 02:13:45
Total Size: 371 MB
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1876-1948), born Ermanno Wolf was an Italian composer and teacher.
The compositions left by Wolf-Ferrari include oratorios, choral and orchestral works, chamber music and songs, thirteen operas.
He is best known for his comic operas such as Il segreto di Susanna (1909).A number of his works were based on plays by Carlo Goldoni, including Le donne curiose (1903), I quatro rusteghi (1906) and Il campiello (1936). He composed three serious opera's, I gioielli della Madonna, Das Himmelskleid (his most loved fairy-tale opera) and Sly. I Quattro Rusteghi is mainly performed in Venice and it is not difficult to understand this, considering the Venetian atmosphere of the piece. Wolf Ferrari was born in Venice and was a great admirer of another Venetian, the writer Carlo Goldoni : in fact, this opera is based on Goldoni's work. But the action also takes place in Venice is based on Venetian characters and has a libretto written in the Veneto dialect. It's an opera buffa by a good composer, whose musical interest improves as the work progresses, being lesser engaging in the first act.
There are some very interesting moments, generally in form of ensembles, particularly the amusing duet between Simon and Lunardo, their trio with Maurizio, the quartet of women - faintly reminiscent of Verdi's Falstaff, - and the big ensemble that closes the second act with all ten soloists on stage. There is only one aria, no better an arioso, sang by tenor, which it has been recorded many times by lighter tenor voices.
So this is interesting revival of an entertaining opera.
2. - 10. Scena I - IX
1. - 8. Scena I - VIII
9. - 11. Scena I - III con finale