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VERDI: Falstaff (La Scala) (1932)

Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.110198-99
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Recorded in 1930 for Italian Columbia, the La Scala version of Falstaff in Naxos’s historical series was the first ever made and is here superbly restored on CD by Ward Marston, with voices vividly caught and surface hiss generally well subdued. It features a fine, well-coordinated team of soloist noted fro their performances at La Scala at the time, so bring out the words with astonishing clarity. Giacomo Rimini, with his firm, dark voice, not only articulates well but also conveys the humour of the fat knight, and Pia Tassinari, then not quite 30 years old, is a fresh, characterful Alice. Aurora Buades is a fruity Mrs Quickly with a formidable chest register, and the casting of the rest is also near-ideal. The first two acts are contained complete on the first



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