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Verdi - Falstaff / Bruson, Ricciarelli, Nucci, Hendricks, Gonzalez, Valentini-Terrani, Giulini
Giuseppe Verdi, Carlo Maria Giulini, Renato Bruson
Verdi - Falstaff / Bruson, Ricciarelli, Nucci, Hendricks, Gonzalez, Valentini-Terrani, Giulini
Genre: Classical
 
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  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2

The master of Italian tragedy finished his career unexpectedly with a comedy, and a comedy in the great tradition of his hero, Shakespeare: light, scintillating, utterly absorbing, and probably Verdi's most musically sophi...  more »

      
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The master of Italian tragedy finished his career unexpectedly with a comedy, and a comedy in the great tradition of his hero, Shakespeare: light, scintillating, utterly absorbing, and probably Verdi's most musically sophisticated work. This exciting live recording by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with Renato Bruson in the title role, is conducted by the great Carlo Maria Giulini. --Joshua Cody

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A sparkling "Falstaff"
04/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Falstaff" is not Verdi's greatest work, but it is undeniably a masterpiece. In this live 1982 recording under the wonderful Carlo Maria Giulini, all the musical forces combine to make this a Verdi recording to remember. Renato Bruson in particular is exceptional as Falstaff, singing with gorgeous tone and natural feeling for the character. Giulini believes he is the perfect Falstaff, and it is hard to disagree. Ricciarelli as Alice is very good, mostly producing beautiful sound despite some infrequent harshness, Leo Nucci is an almost frighteningly intense Ford, Dalmacio Gonzalez is ideal as Fenton and Barbara Hendricks is excellent as Nanetta. It's Giulini, though, who makes this into a great recording. He shows an instinctive feeling for the riches of Verdi's score and directs everyone to perfection. The booklet is very generous, with many black and white photos from the performances. It might also be pointed out that almost all of the lead singers are Italian (Bruson, Ricciarelli, Valentini-Terrani, Nucci, etc.), and just seem to me to have a better feeling for Verdi than non-native singers. Buy this "Falstaff"!"
Still the champ among modern sets...
dcreader | Washington DC area | 11/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although faced with competition from von Karajan's older recording on EMI's Recordings of the Century and Toscanini's account, Giulini's probably stands alone among modern recordings. I have never heard anyone describe this set as "unsmiling" and can categorically deny this as untrue. I found myself smiling throughout. A live recording, there is some audience laughter as well (although recorded lightly) but applause is edited out, which I find somewhat disconcerting, finding applause to be a natural part of a recording this fine."
Marvelous Falstaff
J. Luis Juarez Echenique | Mexico City | 10/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Some people have described Giulini's Fastaff as "unsmiling". It certainly isn't. Giulini conducts with great love and passion, and if this isn't the funniest Falstaff available, it is one of the most gorgeous and well sung. Renato Bruson in his absolute prime sings like a (verdian) god even if Gobbi and Taddei are more characterful. Ricciarelli is lovely as Alice and Valentini-Terrani great fun as Miss Quickly. Leo Nucci matches Bruson well as Ford. All in all this is a most handsome Falstaff and worth every penny."