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Verdi: Falstaff [Box set]

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  • Performer: Tito Gobbi, Rolando Panerai, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Anna Moffo
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (6 Sep 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Great Recordings of the Century
  • ASIN: B000026CJ5
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Falstaff, Act I, Scene One: Falstaff! Olà! (Dr.Caio/Falstaff/Bardolfo/Pistola)Tomaso Spataro/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 5:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Falstaff, Act I, Scene One: So che se andiam la notteTito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Falstaff, Act I, Scene One: Ma è tempo d'assottigliar l'ingegno...(Falstaff/Pistola/Bardolfo)Tito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Falstaff, Act One, Scene One: L'Onore! Ladri!...Io stesso, sì, io, io (Falstaff)Tito Gobbi/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Falstaff, Act I, Scene Two: Alice...Meg...Nannetta (Meg/Alice/Quickly/Nannetta)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Falstaff, Act I, Scene Two: Fulgida Alice! amor t'offroElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Falstaff, Act I, Scene Two: Ripeti. In due parole (Meg/Alice/Quickly/Nannette/Caio/Bardolfo/Fenton/Pistola/Ford)Luigi Alva/Rolando Panerai/Tomaso Spataro/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Falstaff, Act I, Scene Two: Pst, pst. Nannetta. Vien qua...Labbra di foco! (Fenton/Nannetta)Luigi Alva/Anna Moffo/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Falstaff, Act I, Scene Two: Falstaff m'ha canzonata (Alice/Meg/Nannetta/Quickly)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Falstaff, Act I, Scene Two: Torno all'assalto...Torno alla gara (Fenton/Nannetta)Luigi Alva/Anna Moffo/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Falstaff, Act I, Scene Two: Udrai quanta egli sfoggia magniloquenza altera (Bardolfo/Ford/Pistola)Rolando Panerai/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan0:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Falstaff, Act One, Scene Two: Del tuo barbaro diagnostico (Caio/Alice/Nannetta/Quickly/Meg/Uomini)Tomaso Spataro/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Fedora Barbieri/Nan Merriman/Chorus/Roberto Benaglio/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Falstaff, Act II, Scene One: Siam pentiti e contriti (Bardolfo/Pistola/Falstaff)Tito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Falstaff, Act II, Scene One: Reverenza! (Quickly/Falstaff)Tito Gobbi/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Falstaff, Act II, Scene One: Va...vecchio John, va (Falstaff/Bardolfo)Tito Gobbi/Renato Ercolani/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Falstaff, Act II, Scene One: Signore, v'assista il cielo! (Ford/Falstaff/Bardolfo/Pistola)Tito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Falstaff, Act II, Scene One: Ve lo dirò...C'è a Windsor una damaTito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 5:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Falstaff, Act II, Scene One: Lo conoscete? Il diavolo se lo porti all'inferno (Ford/Falstaff)Tito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Falstaff, Act II, Scene One: E sogno? O realtà...(Ford)Rolando Panerai/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Falstaff, Act II, Scene One: Eccomi qua, son pronto (Falstaff/Ford)Tito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Falstaff, Act II, Scene Two: Presenteremo un bill per una tassa al parlamento (Alice/Quickly/Meg)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan0:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Falstaff, Act II, Scene Two: Giunta all'albergo della GiarrettieraElisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Falstaff, Act II, Scene Two: Gaie comari di Windsor! E l'ora (Quickly/Alice/Meg/Nannetta)Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Falstaff, Act II, Scene Two: Alfin t'ho colto, raggiante fior....Tito Gobbi/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Falstaff, Act II, Scene Two: T'immagino fregiata del mio stemma (Falstaff/Alice)Tito Gobbi/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Falstaff, Act II, Scene Two: Quand'ero paggio del Duca di Norfolk (Falstaff/Alice/Quickly/Meg/Ford/Bardolfo/Pistola)Tito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Falstaff, Act II, Scene Two: Vien qua. Che chiasso! (Nannetta/Fenton)Luigi Alva/Anna Moffo/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan0:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Falstaff, Act II, Scene Two: Al ladro! (Caio/Ford/Pistola/Bardolfo)Rolando Panerai/Tomaso Spataro/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Falstaff, Act II, Scene Two: Facciamo le viste d'attendere ai panni (Quickly/Meg/Ford/Bardolfo/Pistola/Caio/Falstaff)Tito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Tomaso Spataro/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Falstaff, Act II, Scene Two: Bella! Ridente! (Fenton/Nannetta/Ford/Paesani/Caio/Meg/Quickly/Falstaff/Pistola/Bardolfo/Alice)Tito Gobbi/Luigi Alva/Rolando Panerai/Tomaso Spataro/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert vo 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Falstaff, Act III, Scene One: Ehi! Taverniere!....Io, dunque, avrò vissuto tant'anniTito Gobbi/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Falstaff, Act III, Scene One: Buono. Ber del vin dolce (Falstaff)Tito Gobbi/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Falstaff, Act III, Scene One: Reverenza. La bella Alice (Quickly/Falstaff/Alice/Ford/Nannetta/Meg/Caio)Tito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Tomaso Spataro/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Falstaff, Act III, Scene One: T'aspetterò nel parco real (Falstaff/Quickly/Ford/Alice/Nannetta/Meg)Tito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Falstaff, Act III, Scene One: Brava! Quelle corna saranno la mia gioia! (Ford/Alice/Meg/Fenton/Nannetta)Luigi Alva/Rolando Panerai/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Falstaff, Act III, Scene One: Avrò con me dei putti (Alice/Nannetta/Meg/Fenton/Ford/Caio/Quickly)Luigi Alva/Rolando Panerai/Tomaso Spataro/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Falstaff, Act III, Scene Two: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola (Fenton/Nannetta)Luigi Alva/Anna Moffo/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Falstaff, Act III, Scene Two: Nossignore! Tu indossa questa cappa (Alice/Fenton/Nannetta/Quickly/Meg)Luigi Alva/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan0:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Falstaff, Act III, Scene Two: Una, due, tre, quattro, cinque, sei (Falstaff/Alice/Meg)Tito Gobbi/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Nan Merriman/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Falstaff, Act III, Scene Two: Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi! Doridi! Sirene! (Nannetta/Falstaff/Coro di fate)Tito Gobbi/Anna Moffo/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Falstaff, Act III, Scene Two: Sul fil d'un soffio etesio (Nannetta/Coro di fate)Anna Moffo/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Falstaff, Act III, Scene Two: Alto là! (Bardolfo/Pistola/Falstaff/Quickly/Alice/Nannetta/Meg/Fate/Ford)Tito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan0:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Falstaff, Act III, Scene Two: Ahimè! Tu puzzi come una puzzola...Ruzzola, ruzzola (Falstaff/Coro di fate e folletti/Alice/Meg/Quickly/Caio/Ford/Bardolfo/Pistola)Tito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Tomaso Spataro/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Falstaff, Act III, Scene Two: Un poco di pausa (Falstaff/Quickly/Ford/Meg/Alice)Tito Gobbi/Rolando Panerai/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Falstaff, Act III, Scene Two: Ogni sorta di gente dozzinale (Falstaff/Ford/Coro/Alice/Caio/Meg/Quickly/Bardolfo/Fenton/Nannetta/Pistola)Tito Gobbi/Luigi Alva/Rolando Panerai/Tomaso Spataro/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert vo 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Falstaff, Act III, Scene Two: Un coro e terminiam la scena....Tutto nel mondo è burla (Falstaff/Ford/Tutti)Tito Gobbi/Luigi Alva/Rolando Panerai/Tomaso Spataro/Renato Ercolani/Nicola Zaccaria/Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Anna Moffo/Nan Merriman/Fedora Barbieri/Philharmonia Chorus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert vo 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Amazon.co.uk Review

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 characterisation 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 colours 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

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling. 20 Nov 2000
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In the 1950s EMI's leading A&R man, Walter Legge, made a series of recordings with Herbert von Karajan conducting that set the standard for studio recordings of opera. This "Falstaff" is probably the most brilliant example of their collaboration: a flawlessly cast set which sounds like an imaginative performance, but which also has all the accuracy and polish possible in the studio. The opera itself is so quick-moving and complex that no-one records it lightly. There are many fine recordings, conducted by no less Toscanini, Solti and Bernstein. But this performance has a balance, elegance and sheer accomplishment that place it in a special category. And in Tito Gobbi, it boasts the most mercurial of Falstaffs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last remastered in fabulous sound. 24 Jun 2009
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I bought the earlier remastering and was so disappointed by the background hiss to the recording, to the extent I rarely listened to it, since it was such a distraction.

Great news! To all lovers of this Verdi's finest opera alongside Otello; the remastering of this has revolutionised your audio experience. The previous reviewer has commented on the participants and quality of Karajan and the Orchestra - I now want to commend it to you simply because it is the finest recording now on CD, Artist wise and Audio wise.

Simply buy, enjoy and cherish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Va, vecchio John. Go, old Jack, go thy ways 13 Dec 2010
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SOURCE:
Studio recording made at Kingsway Hall, London on June 21-23 and June 25-29, 1956. Originally issued by EMI on Lps in 1957.

SOUND:
The booklet accompanying this issue has this to say: "This recording was made in 1956 in the early days of stereo. As a consequence, the listener may notice some slight technical flaws that derive from the original tapes." This set was digitally remastered in 1999 with considerable success. Audiophiles who spend far more time listening to hisses and joins than they do to performances may cavil, but it sounds fine to me.

CAST:
SIR JOHN FALSTAFF - Tito Gobbi
FORD (AKA SIGNOR FONTANA) - Rolando Panerai
ALICE FORD - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
NANETTA FORD - Anna Moffo
MEG PAGE - Nan Merriman
MISTRESS QUICKLY - Fedora Barbieri
FENTON - Luigi Alva
DR. CAJUS - Tomaso Spataro
BARDOLFO - Renato Ercolani
PISTOLA - Nicola Zaccaria.

CONDUCTOR:
Herbert von Karajan with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus.

PRODUCER:
Walter Legge.

FORMAT:
Disk 1 - Act I, Part One, tracks 1-4; Act I, Part Two, tracks 5-12; Act II, Part One, tracks 13-20;55:04. Disk 2 - Act II, Part Two, tracks 1-10; Act III, Part One, tracks 11-16; Act III, Part Two, tracks 17-26; 64:38.

DOCUMENTATION:
~ Libretto in German, Italian, English and French.
~ Short synopsis of the plot.
~ Photographs of the conductor (of course!) and the principal singers.
~ Track list that identifies characters singing, provides timings and the page of the libretto on which the text is to be found.
~ A brief history of the opera and a gush of adulation for von Karajan contributed by Richard Osborne.
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