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StartseiteHome Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: „Die vier Grobiane“

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: „Die vier Grobiane“

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: „Die vier Grobiane“

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: „Die vier Grobiane“
Musical comedy in three acts

The conductor Ulf Schirmer has a special knack for the light Muse – as his regular operetta performances with the Munich Radio Orchestra have shown over the years. Munich was also the site of the 1906 premiere of Die vier Grobiane by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, a work answering to the description of a modern comic opera and displaying this composer’s typical combination of marvelously chatty parlando and charming melodicism. There are two sides to the conflict fueling the plot: four curmudgeonly husbands who believe that they can and should exercise absolute rule over their wives and children and female characters who engage in intrigues. The action of the opera is set in Venice and elaborates a source text by Carlo Goldoni (1760). The composer scores his points with a tone of considerable lightness, a small orchestral ensemble entrusted with the presentation of a famous intermezzo, and spirited melodies in part based on folk songs. The wealth of ideas developed in his harmonic scheme remaining within tonal limits is also surprising.

performers

Christina Landshamer, soprano – Lucieta, daughter of Lunardo
Susanne Bernhard, soprano – Marina, Filipetoʼs aunt and Simonʼs wife
Christine Buffle, soprano – Felice, Cancianʼs wife
Nathalie Flessa, mezzo-soprano – A young maid of Marina
Zoryana Kushpler, mezzo-soprano – Margarita, Lunardo’s second wife
Markus Francke, tenor – Filipeto, Maurizioʼs son
Uwe Eikötter, tenor – Conte Riccardo, a foreign nobleman
Peter Schöne, baritone – Simon, tradesman
Jürgen Linn, bass-baritone – Lunardo, antique dealer
Victor von Halem, bass – Maurizio, tradesman
Friedemann Röhlig, bass – Cancian, wealthy citizen

Munich Radio Orchestra
Ulf Schirmer, direction

December 2019, Coproduction with BR-KLASSIK
2 CDs, cpo 6142525

 

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