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Falstaff/Verdi

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This Karajan Falstaff has much to recommend it: Fedora Barbieri's Mistress Quickly is a force of nature, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, only slightly affected, is a liquid, appealing Alice Ford, and Luigi Alva and the young Anna Moffo are ideal as the young lovers, Fenton and Nanetta. But the star--as it should be--is Tito Gobbi in the title role. As is usual with this great singing actor, his characterization comes from within--his is a Falstaff born to be deflated, arrogant and self-deluding on a level that is actually funny. And the nice surprise is what good voice Gobbi's in-- he's in charge of all of his vocal colors here and he uses all of them well. Karajan's touch is light and, yes, funny, and he treats the opera as the divine ensemble work it is, all leading up to a superb final scene. A good time is had by all--listeners included. --Robert Levine

Disc: 1
1. Act One, Part One: Falstaff! Ola! - Tomaso Spartaro/Tito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria
2. Act One, Part One: So che se andiam la notte - Tomaso Spartaro/Tito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria
3. Act One, Part One: Ma e temp d'assottigliar l'ingegno - Tito Gobbi/Nicola Zaccaria/Renato Ercolani
4. Act One, Part One: L'Onore! Ladri!...Io stesso, si, io,io - Tito Gobbi
5. Act One, Part Two: Alice...Meg...Nannetta! - Anna Moffo/Fedora Barbieri/Nan Merriman
6. Act One, Part Two: Fulgida Alice! amor t'offro - Anna Moffo/Fedora Barbieri/Nan Merriman
7. Act One, Part Two: Ripeti. In due parole - Anna Moffo/Fedora Barbieri/Nan Merriman/Tomaso Spataro/Renato Ercolani
8. Act One, Part Two: Pst, Pst,Nannetta! Vien Qua...Labbra di Fuoco! - Luigi Alva/Anna Moffo
9. Act One, Part Two: Flastaff m'ha canzonata - Anna Moffo/Fedora Barbieri
10. Act One, Part Two: Torno all'assalto... Torno Alla gara - Luigi Alva/Anna Moffo
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Disc: 2
1. Act Two, Part Two: Presenteremo un bill per una tassa al parlamento - Nan Merriman
2. Act Two, Part Two: Giunta all'albergo della Giarrettiera - Nan Merriman
3. Act Two, Part Two: Gaie comari di Windso! E l'ora! - Fedora Barbieri/Anna Moffo
4. Act Two, Part Two: Alfin t'ho colto, taggianto fior... - Fedora Barbieri/Anna Moffo
5. Act Two, Part Two: T'immagino fregiata del mio stemma - Tito Gobbi/
6. Act Two, Part Two: Quand'ero paggio del Duca Di Norfolk - Tito Gobbi/Fedora Barbieri/Rolando Panerai/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria
7. Act Two, Part Two: Vien Qua. Che Chiasso! - Anna Moffo/Luigi Alva
8. Act Two, Part Two: Al ladro! - Tomaso Spataro/Rolando Panerai/Nicola Zaccaria/Renato Ercolani
9. Act Two, Part Two: Facciamo le viste d'attendere ai panni - Fedora Barbieri/Rolando Panerai/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Tomaso Spataro/Tito Gobbi
10. Act Two, Part Two: Bella! ridente! - Fedora Barbieri/Rolando Panerai/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Tomaso Spataro/Tito Gobbi
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 15, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emi Divested
  • ASIN: B000002RQV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kareol on March 17, 2006
If you bought this recording for Anna Moffo's Nannetta alone, you would be justified. (This is Moffo at her very best -- every line beautiful, tapered, and shaded.) But the entire recording is top notch, from the conducting down to the smallest of roles. Karajan's pacing is excellent. If Schwarzkopf and Merriman lack an italianate-ness of sound (a long-stading quibble about this recording in some circles), they sing well, and the interplay among ALL the singers in this most conversational of operas is lively and specific. This recording is, quite simply, a must-have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
This is a strong contender for the greatest opera recording of all time. Every single member of this cast is quite wonderful. Karajan often attracts adverse critical comments, but I do not see how his conducting here - or the orchestral playing - can be bettered. This is a quite flawless performance of a perfect opera - it makes one glad to be alive!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1999
On this recording you can find the young Karajan show us what is to come, he drives the singers to what appears to be the best way to perform the opera. The sound quality is not as clear as modern recordings but you can hear the most important, the brigth of talent shining trough the recording, it is a collector piece not to be used often, just to remember that yet the most brilliant conductor had an start...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dante on November 25, 2007
This is a great recording. Unfortunately, there's a notable hiss present, which is evident in the quieter passages. Be sure to buy one of the remastered versions, on which the hiss has removed without a discernible effect on the overall sound quality of the recording. :Falstaff / Verdi, Gobbi · Schwarzkopf · Moffo · Karajan (with libretto) or Verdi: Falstaff. (without libretto)
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