Although Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is known mainly for his operatic compositions (La vedova scaltra is available on Naxos CD 8.660225-26 and DVD 2.110234-35), he wrote a number of sublimely expressive and lyrical orchestral works, devoting the majority of his time in later life to composing instrumental music. The three delightfully melodic, rhythmically buoyant and, at times elegiac works featured on this recording represent his complete wind concerto output.
These three concerted works convey all the fluency and charm familiar from such Wolf-Ferrari comic operas as Il Segreto di Susanna and I Quattro Rusteghi. Although the Idillio-concertino for oboe and the Suite concertino for bassoon were written in the Thirties and the Concertino for cor anglais in 1947, they possess a lightness of touch which these performances nicely tap. --The Daily Telegraph