Verdi: Falstaff, Muti/La Scala (2-CD)

Verdi: Falstaff, Muti/La Scala (2-CD)


Discs: 2
Record Label: Sony
Release Date: September 20, 1994

“[Muti’s] approach doesn’t just rely on removing gratuitous high notes. It’s more about trusting the music and focusing on its meaning, allowing it to support the words, to tell the story . . . To hear this conductor in this repertory is like looking out a newly cleaned window.” — The New York Times (on Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Falstaff, April 2016)

Riccardo Muti leads the grand musicians of the Teatro alla Scala in a rare comedy by Giuseppe Verdi, Falstaff. With smiling intimacy and agility, humor and incredible wit, the score is riddled with good-natured hilarity, often with a hidden double meaning.

Juan Pons Sir John Falstaff
Roberto Frontali Ford
Ramon Vargas Fenton
Ernesto Gavazzi Dr. Cajus
Paolo Barbacini Bardolfo
Luigi Roni Pistola
Daniela Dessì Mrs. Alice Ford
Maureen O’Flynn Nannetta
Bernadette Manca di Nissa Mrs. Quickly
Delores Ziegler Mrs. Meg Page
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala
Roberto Gabbiani chorus director
June 1993, Teatro alla Scala, Milan

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