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
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
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)
Sir Georg Solti
RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,
RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Written: 1893; Italy
Date of Recording: 1963
Venue: RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy
Falstaff / Act 1: Falstaff!
Falstaff / Act 1: Sei polli, sei scellini
Falstaff / Act 1: Eh! paggio! Andante a impendervi
Falstaff / Act 1: "Alice ... Meg"
Falstaff / Act 1: "Fulgida Alice! amor t'offro
Falstaff / Act 1: E'un ribaldo, un furbo, un ladro
Falstaff / Act 1: Pst, pst, Nannetta
Falstaff / Act 1: Falstaff m'ha canzonata
Falstaff / Act 1: Torno all'assalto
Falstaff / Act 3: Tutto nel mondo è burla
Falstaff / Act 1: Udrai quanta egli sfoggia
Falstaff / Act 2: Siam pentiti e contriti
Falstaff / Act 2: Reverenza!
Falstaff / Act 2: "Alice è mia!"
Falstaff / Act 2: Signore, v'assista il cielo!
Falstaff / Act 2: In me vedete un uom
Falstaff / Act 2: E sogno? o realtà?
Falstaff / Act 2: Presenteremo un bill
Falstaff / Act 2: Olà! Ned! Will!
Falstaff / Act 2: "Alfin t'ho colto"
Falstaff / Act 2: Voi mi celiate
Falstaff / Act 2: "Al ladro!"
Falstaff / Act 2: Se t'agguanto!
Falstaff / Act 3: Ehi! Taverniere!
Falstaff / Act 3: Reverenza. La bella Alice
Falstaff / Act 3: Non dubitar, tu sposerai mia figlia
Falstaff / Act 3: Dal labbro il canto
Falstaff / Act 3: Una, due, tre, quattro
Falstaff / Act 3: Ninfe! Elfi! Doridi! Sirene!
Falstaff / Act 3: "Alto là!"
Falstaff / Act 3: Ogni sorta di gente dozzinale
Falstaff / Act 3: "Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!"
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