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Background -

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (born Ermanno Wolf) (January 12, 1876 – January 21, 1948) was an Italian composer and teacher. 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).

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari was born in Venice in 1876, the son of an Italian mother and a German father. Ferrari was his mother's maiden-name, which he added to his own surname in 1895. Although he studied piano from an early age, music was not the primary passion of his young life. As a teenager Wolf-Ferrari wanted to be a painter like his father; he studied intensively in Venice and Rome and traveled abroad to study in Munich. It was there that he decided to concentrate instead on music, taking lessons from Josef Rheinberger. He enrolled at the Munich conservatory and began taking counterpoint and composition classes. These initially casual music classes eventually completely eclipsed his art studies, and music took over Wolf-Ferrari’s life. He wrote his first works in the 1890s.

As well as his operas, Wolf-Ferrari wrote a number of instrumental works, mainly at the very beginning and very end of his career. Only his violin concerto has ever been performed with anything approaching regularity, though he also wrote Idillio-concertino (essentially a chamber symphony), various pieces of chamber music including a piano quintet and two piano trio, two violin sonatas and a number of works for the organ amongst others.

Wolf-Ferrari's work is not performed very widely (with the exception of several of his overtures and his Jewels of the Madonna intermezzo) although he is generally thought of probably the finest writer of Italian comic opera of his time. His works often recall the opera buffa of the 18th century, although he also wrote more ambitious works in the manner of Pietro Mascagni, which are thought of less well. Much of his work has been ignored, although a performance in 1999 of Sly by the Washington National Opera (the work's American premiere) marked something of a revival of interest in his works.

LONDON Records LP item - RED record labels with SILVER lettering, the record labels have the famous FFSS logo with the wide silver band, denoting this copy as a very early made, vintage LP - the jacket is of the BLUEBACK variety - see pictures for more detail
Record Made in the UK (England / Great Britain)
Pressing is in STEREO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record Made in: circa early 1960s
Record Catalog Number: CS 6154
Stamper Information: Side 1 - ZAL 4577 2E //  Side 2 - ZAL 4578 2E
More Record Information: BLUEBACK edition (earliest), in FFSS Stereophonic (full frequency stereo sound), “Made in England” at the 6 o’clock position of the record label, comes with the original inner sleeve.

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring the music of -


Performers on this title include -
Nello Santi, conductor
Paris Conservatory Orchestra

LP Title -

Track listings -
1. Il Segreto Di Susanna - Overture
2. Il Campiello - Intermezzo (Act 2)
3. Il Campiello - Ritornello (Act 3)
4. La Dama Boba - Overture
5. I Quattro Rusteghi - Prelude
6. I Quatro Rusteghi - Intermezzo (Act 2)
7. I Gioielli Della Madonna -
 a. Orchestral Suite No. 1 - Festa Populare
 b. No. 2 - Intermezzo
 c. No. 3 - Serenata
 d. No. 4 - Danza Napolitana

The JACKET is in excellent plus condition.
Although the jacket is completely intact with NO seam splits, it does have some shelf wear that can be noticed on the seams and corners.
The jacket has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind.
There are 3 initials neatly printed on the back of the jacket, top, left corner. Other than this, there is NO other hand writing on the front or the back of the jacket.
The cover has clean and sharp colors (a bit of color foxing on the back due to age) - see pictures with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition!
The LP is in near mint minus condition!
The LP retains much of the original gloss and sheen! - this is a collectors grade vinyl record!
The record has NO marks of any significance that we could see - just beautiful, shiny vinyl. The LP was obviously well taken care of through the years.
The record labels have NO significant spindle marks on them, just some light ones.
We play tested parts of the LP on our audio system and found it to perform well, with the occasional sound, as is typical of vintage LPs, but nothing obtrusive.
This LP may have some light marks (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems (depends on the sensitivity of your arm/cartridge/turntable set up).

Please understand that this is a vintage record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: London LP CS 6154 NM
  • Manufacturer: London Records
  • Condition: Used


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