ERMANNO WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948): Violin Sonatas No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 10 and No. 3 in E, Op. 27.
Catalogue Number: 12W006
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: The Brahmsian contours of the First Sonata of 1895, written while the composer was still studying with Rheinberger, are succeeded in the Second by a more personal idiom, one that more successfully integrates Wolf-Ferrari’s lifelong allegiances to both German and Italian schools of composition. Dating from 1901, it sings with a stern, almost austere passion rather in the manner of the composer’s Belgian contemporary Franck; the second of the sonata’s two movements has an especially sacred character and ends in a mood of serenity. The Third is a very late work, dating from 1943, while Wolf-Ferrari was giving concert tours through Axis countries. In parallel with the evolution of the trio of sonatas by Brahms, this E major work has a neoclassical character maintained throughout the suppressed passion of its four compact movements. Davide Alogna (violin), Costantino Catena (piano).