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Opera Explained: VERDI - Falstaff (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to… VERDI Falstaff

Written by Thomson Smillie
Narrated by David Timson
1 CD
12-page booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-098-X

Verdi’s Falstaff repays careful study with real pleasure. It is opera’s happiest irony that the great Italian master should cap a career – distinguished for its blood-and-thunder tragic masterpieces – with the greatest comic opera in the Italian repertory. The genius of Shakespeare is harnessed (in a miracle of compression) by master-librettist Boito to give the eighty-year-old Verdi a superb libretto, on which he lavished more wonderful tunes than most composers manage in a lifetime. Falstaff is the last great Italian comic opera and a worthy end to the tradition.

  An Introduction to... VERDI Falstaff
1.   Introduction 00:02:07
2.   Falstaff's qualities 00:03:07
3.   Verdi and Shakespeare 00:03:13
4.   Shakespeare's Falstaff and Verdi's librettist 00:03:31
5.   Opening: The Garter Inn 00:04:17
6.   Falstaff's plan begins 00:07:09
7.   Act I, Scene 2: The Ford's garden 00:05:00
8.   Enter Ford, Bardolph, Pistol, Dr Caius and Fenton 00:06:16
9.   Act II, Scene 1: Mistress Quickly visits Falstaff 00:06:32
10.   Enter Signor Fontana 00:08:04
11.   Act II, Scene 2: Inside the Ford's house 00:08:45
12.   Act III, Scene 1: Falstaff back at the Garter Inn, soaked 00:06:39
13.   Act III, Scene 2: Windsor Great Park 00:04:48
14.   Enter the townspeople, disguised 00:05:16
15.   Final pages of the opera 00:04:02

Total Playing Time: 01:18:46

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Catalogue No: 8.558158

Barcode: 0636943815823

Physical Release: 10/2004

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