on 5 February 2012
I have always thought people exaggerate Toscanini's ability as a conductor but in this recording of Falstaff it is certainly deserved. What surprised me most was the power and delicacy he draws from the score. It is precise, warm, vibrant and thrilling. A further surprise is the modern interpretation - here is a cast singing and performing without gimics or ham. Valdengo is superb, as good as Gobbi, and better suited to this role than Iago. Nelli is bright and easy to listen to. The sound is terrific and the live concert audience only make their presence felt at the end of the acts. It really is worth getting hold of a copy - you will not be disappointed.
on 24 April 2001
I inserted the first CD into my player and found myself transformed into the world Verdi's greatest masterpiece of lyrics and music. Certainly the glory must go to Toscanini for making this complex work such a joy to listen to. He produces some of the most beautiful tones from the orchestra that perfectly matches with the glorious singing of Valdengo, Nelli, Merriman, Elmo, Guarrera and the others. I can't think of a single negative thing about this recording.
Giuseppe Valdengo was in such firm tone and his acting are just right on the money. All the women of the piece are also excellent. And some recognition must also go to the chorus.
This recording is for all lovers of Verdi supreme masterpiece and of Toscanini.