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Verdi: Falstaff / Solti, Merrill, Evans, Freni, Simionato, Kraus

Release Date: 05/10/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000425002   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  John LaniganSir Geraint EvansGiulietta SimionatoRobert Merrill,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera OrchestraRCA Italian Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Conducted by Solti, with engineers on loan from Decca, and Welshman Geraint Evans in the title role matching Gobbi for nuance but with more colour to his tone, [this recording] was an immediate rival to Karajan. Robert Merrill is a strong voiced and characterful Ford and with Alfredo Krauss as a lyric and elegant Fenton, the male side could hardly be bettered. If the women do not quite match the men it is by a narrow margin with Freni as Nannetta, Ligabue a fine Alice and Simionato a fruity Quickly. Solti does not over-drive the orchestra in the Toscanini manner. This recording now available on Decca’s Classic Opera series with libretto, is an excellent audio choice (475 6677).

-- Robert J. Farr, MusicWeb International
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Solti's interpretation is the most vital of any in stereo, and the near-perfect balance brings revelatory freshness to Verdi's kaleidoscopic form... Robert Merrill's Ford is warmly sung and genuinely witty, while Simionato...[gives] a typically beautiful performance.

-- The Rough Guide to Opera Read less

Works on This Recording

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  John Lanigan (Tenor), Sir Geraint Evans (Baritone), Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor),
Piero de Palma (Tenor), Ilva Ligabue (Soprano), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano),
Giovanni Foiani (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 

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