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Verdi: Falstaff / Molajoli, Rimini, Tassinari, Et Al

Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 9001   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Robert D'AlessioRita MonticoneEmilio GhirardiniSalvatore Baccaloni,   ... 
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Giuseppe Verdi, the greatest composer of Italian opera, had a passion for the works of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language. Verdi had already set two of Shakespeare's plays to music, 'Macbeth' in 1847 and 'Otello' in 1887, when his 'Falstaff' premiered in 1893. This is a miraculous achievement, considering Verdi came out of retirement to write the work when he was eighty years old. 'Falstaff,' a musical setting of Shakespeare's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor,' has the energy and quicksilver wit that one would expect from the pen of a man half Verdi's age.
This recording is from a 1932 performance at La Scala in Milan, with a talented cast of singers under the direction of Lorenzo Molajoli. Baritone Giacomo
Read more Rimini is a marvelous Falstaff, singing with ripe tone and wistful humor. The supporting cast is excellent and includes soprano Pia Tassinari as Alice Ford, mezzo Aurora Buades as Mistress Quickly and the legendary buffo bass, Salvatore Baccaloni, in the cameo role of Pistol. Molajoli draws nuanced playing from his orchestra, showcasing Verdi's brilliant orchestration. Read less

Works on This Recording

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Robert D'Alessio (Tenor), Rita Monticone (Mezzo Soprano), Emilio Ghirardini (Baritone),
Salvatore Baccaloni (Bass), Pia Tassinari (Soprano), Giacomo Rimini (Baritone),
Ines Alfani-Tellini (Soprano), Giuseppe Nessi (Tenor), Emilio Venturini (Tenor),
Aurora Buades (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1932 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 109 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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