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Falstaff (2 CD) - Karajan

Item# 1000000744

Falstaff (2 CD) - Karajan
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: September 21, 1999
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Tito Gobbi
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Nan Merriman
Anna Moffo
Rolando Panerai
Fedora Barbieri
Tomaso Spataro
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
Label: EMI Classics

Original recording remastered.

“...Karajan's polished better sound than ever. Indeed, for once the company's early stereo has life and clarity, allowing us to hear the conductor's infinite attention to detail. His most valuable instrument, however, is Tito Gobbi, whose knight was his most memorable character...The rest of the star-studded cast matches Gobbi's wit and sparkle, while Karajan blends every element into a deeply satisfying whole.”– Milazzo, ARG

Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff

Verdi's final opera, and the third of his stage works to be based on a Shakespeare play, premiered at Milan’s La Scala in 1893, a triumphal success for the almost 80-year-old composer. Baritone Victor Maurel, who sang the title role, reprised his performance in the opera’s U.S. premiere at the Met two years later. In the 2013–14 season, Music Director James Levine conducts a new production directed by Robert Carsen, the first new Met Falstaff since 1964.

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