Wolf-Ferarri: Wind Concertos for Oboe, Cor Anglais, Bassoon
Andrea Tenaglia, oboe
William Moriconi, cor angalis
Giuseppe Ciabocchi, bassoon
Orcestra Sinfonic di Roman
Franchesco La Vecchia, conductor
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is best known for his operas, particularly his
comic operas. The same vein of light-hearted music with appealing,
lyrical melodies run through this collection of his wind concertinos.
The three works -- Idillio-concertino in A for oboe; Concertino in
A-flat for Cor angles and Suite-concertino in F for bassoon -- feature a
solo wind instrument backed by a small string orchestra. And all three
share have the feeling of airiness and transparency.
Wolf-Ferrari composed these works between 1932 and 1947, but there's no
trace of German dodecophonic ideology here! Instead, Wolf-Ferrari music
firmly rooted in neo-classical tradition without a whiff of 20th century
angst or atonality.
The melodies given to the solo instruments are quite vocal in nature;
not surprising, perhaps coming from an opera composer. The oboe, cor
anglais, and bassoon are instruments that can use breath to articulate
phrasing just like a singer. Like an opera singer, each instrument
lingers lovingly over long notes, letting the sheer beauty of the sound
carry the music. And for the particularly warm sound of the cor anglais
and bassoon, those are welcome pauses, indeed.
Great music? Perhaps not. Great listening experience? Absolutely. This
is accessible, good-natured music that can easily brighten one's day. I
know it brightened mine.