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Verdi: Falstaff

    1. Falstaff: Act I, part 2 - "Pst, pst, Nannetta"
    2. Falstaff: Act III, part 2 - "Ogni sorta de gente dozzinale"
  • Catalogue Number LSO0528
    UPC 822231105527

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

    Recorded May 2004, Barbican, London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes and synopsis in English / en français / auf Deutsch
    Includes complete libretto in Italian and English

  • Grammy Award Winner Best Opera

    Editor's Choice Gramophone

    CD of the Week BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    Performance 10 Sound 10 'An absolute gem ... equaling the best on the market. Colin Davis gets such well-articulated playing from the LSO that students of orchestral writing could actually learn from listening ... the women are wonderful. As the madly jealous Ford, baritone Carlos Alvarez almost walks away with the show. It doesn't hurt that he has the longest and most dramatic aria in the piece, which is sung and nuanced perfectly. Listening to his hysteria mount is a real delight. Pertusi's a terrific, smart, colorful Falstaff. And this is a terrific, smart, colorful Falstaff, captured with great sonic impact and immediacy.' ClassicsToday.com

    'If it wasn't obvious before, then it is now. The LSO Live label is the recording phenomenon of the decade. Here's a conductor at the height of his powers with an orchestra on top form, here's singing so exciting it would make a piece of sandpaper moist, here's the crackling energy of a live performance captured brilliantly. Pertusi is simply stunning as the Fat Knight - bombastic, arrogant and yet touchingly vulnerable too. A must-hear.' Classic FM Magazine

    'The most exhilarating account of the opera ... Pertusi is brilliant in the title-role, bluff and powerful, with his voice cleanly focused over the widest expressive range - now biting, now soothing, now full of fun. Ana Ibarra as Alice Ford leads a superb team of women soloists, phenomenally precise in their chattering ensembles. Above all, the liveness of the experience adds to the electricity ... An astonishing bargain.' The Guardian

    'Hard on the heels of their magnificent Peter Grimes, Sir Colin Davis and the LSO unite with a fine array of soloists to bring all the requisite wit, sparkle and poignancy to Verdi's Shakespearean masterpiece. Pertusi is outstanding in the title role ... this rates as one of LSO Live's finest releases to date, even by the in-house label's own high standards.'
    The Observer

    'This is a feast ... one to set beside their Trojans as a monument to the partnership between Davis and the orchestra. Their playing has an energy, finesse and sense of delight in the ever-amazing score that is intoxicating. Davis, always a great Falstaff interpreter, surpasses himself. Michele Pertusi, the excellent Falstaff ... Ana Ibara's Alice and Carlos Alvarez's Ford are outstanding. The Sunday Times

    'Verdi's great explosion of laughter at the end of his astonishing career has always been a Davis speciality ... it preserves another classic Davis ensemble performance, with yet another Italian crucially cast in the title-role ... it's unbeatable.' International Record Review

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Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra


Best Opera Recording Grammy Awards 2004

Following his acclaimed recording of Britten's Peter Grimes, Sir Colin Davis and the LSO are joined by a magnificent cast led by Michele Pertusi for a spectacular performance of Verdi's comic masterpiece. Recorded during the LSO's centenary celebrations in 2004, Falstaff is one of LSO Live's finest releases to date.


Composer   Verdi
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
Soloists   Michele Pertusi, Bülent Bezdüz, Alasdair Elliott, Darren Jeffery, Carlos Alvarez, Peter Hoare, Ana Ibarra, Marie Arnet, Maria Josè Moreno, Jane Henschel, Marina Domashenko

Track list
Disc 1
1. Falstaff: Act I, part 1 - "Falstaff!"
2. Falstaff: Act I, part 1 - "6 polli: 6 scellini"
3. Falstaff: Act I, part 1 - "Sir John, in quest'intrigo"
4. Falstaff: Act I, part 2 - "Alice. Meg. Nannetta"
5. Falstaff: Act I, part 2 - "Leggi. Fulgida Alice!"
6. Falstaff: Act I, part 2 - "Mostro!"
7. Falstaff: Act I, part 2 - "In due parole"
8. Falstaff: Act I, part 2 - "Pst, pst, Nannetta"
9. Falstaff: Act I, part 2 - "Torno all'assalto"
10. Falstaff: Act I, part 2 - "Del tuo barbaro diagnostico"
11. Falstaff: Act II, part 1 - "Siam pentiti e contriti."
12. Falstaff: Act II, part 1 - "Alice e mia!"
13. Falstaff: Act II, part 1 - "Signore"
14. Falstaff: Act II, part 1 - "C'e a Windsor una dama,"
15. Falstaff: Act II, part 1 - "E sogno? o realta?"
16. Falstaff: Act II, part 1 - "Eccomi qua."

Disc 2
1. Falstaff: Act II, part 2 - "Presenteremo un bill"
2. Falstaff: Act II, part 2 - "Gaie comari de Windsor"
3. Falstaff: Act II, part 2 - "Alfin t'ho colto"
4. Falstaff: Act II, part 2 - "Quand'ero paggio"
5. Falstaff: Act II, part 2 - "Vien qua"
6. Falstaff: Act II, part 2 - "C'e. C'e"
7. Falstaff: Act II, part 2 - "Tutto delira"
8. Falstaff: Act III, part 1 - "Ehi! Taverniere!"
9. Falstaff: Act III, part 1 - "Va, Vecchio John, va"
10. Falstaff: Act III, part 1 - "Reverenza"
11. Falstaff: Act III, part 1 - "Il Cacciatorre nero"
12. Falstaff: Act III, part 1 - "Sarai la Fata"
13. Falstaff: Act III, part 2 - "Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola"
14. Falstaff: Act III, part 2 - "Una, due, tre, quattro"
15. Falstaff: Act III, part 2 - "Odo un soave passo!"
16. Falstaff: Act III, part 2 - "Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi!"
17. Falstaff: Act III, part 2 - "Alto la!"
18. Falstaff: Act III, part 2 - "Pizzica, pizzica"
19. Falstaff: Act III, part 2 - "Ogni sorta de gente dozzinale"
20. Falstaff: Act III, part 2 - "Gia s'avanza la coppia degli sposi"
21. Falstaff: Act III, part 2 - "Tutto, nel mondo e burla"

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