Falstaff (2 CD) – Terfel, Abbado

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Falstaff (2 CD) – Terfel, Abbado

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: August 14, 2001
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Bryn Terfel
Adrianne Pieczonka
Thomas Hampson
Anatoli Kotscherga
Larissa Diadkova
Dorothea Röschmann
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

“Terfel gives a vital, three-dimensional reading as one might expect...the final fugue at a very fast tempo is thrillingly precise, thanks to a team of leading singers who respond brilliantly to Abbado's strong, thoughtful direction...the sensitive detail in [Hampson's] characterization is magnetic. For most collectors this will now be the primary recommendation.” – Penguin Guide


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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