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Verdi: Falstaff / Evans, Ligabue, Rota, Dominguez / Glyndebourne (1960)

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording comes from Glyndebourne Festivals' 1960 season, conducted by Gui, in what was Geraint Evan's 3rd outing as Falstaff. Evans is joined by Bruscantini as Ford, Oncina as Fenton, Ligabue as Alice Ford. The remaining classic cast member is the Swiss tenor Cuénod as Dr.Caius, his glorious sense of the roles' comedy beautifully portrayed here. Hugues Cuénod passed away in December '10 at age 108, having a career that spanned 66 years. He was an institution at Glyndebourne, walking the stage for over 30 years & involved in some 470 performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, England (06/1960).


A Welcome Falstaff
As an opera neophyte, I admit the only singer on this recording I’d heard of was Hugues Cuénod, so I listened to this disc not knowing what to expect. What I found was a very crisp live recording of a cast of first-rate singers in an incisive performance by the Royal Philharmonic under Vittorio Gui. One of the virtues of this disc is the energy and vibrancy captured by the live recording, with none of the stifling and affected reverb of today's studios. Geraint Evans is a great Flastaff and Ilva Ligabue a lovely Alice. The rest of the cast does an excellent job and I look forward to a replay of the album. Like all the Glyndebourne Festival releases, the packaging is attractive, filled with pictures and reproductions of programs, photographs, etc. One flaw however, is that the first disc did not import the track information into my computer, though the second disc did. Otherwise this release deserves high praise.
Submitted on 12/06/11 by Due Fuss 
Mixed report from Glyndebourne
There's good news and bad news from one of Britain's legendary opera houses--let's get the bad out of the way first. Despite the efforts of the remastering engineers, many of the faults of live recording will be found here. The orchestra occupies the front and center of the soundstage, and the singers must do their best to make themselves heard over it. (Fenton and Nanetta all but disappear during their first scene together.) Stage noises can be distracting, and the sound's only mono. On the other hand, it's good that the Glyndebourne sonic archive is being made available to the public. While at least three of the principals also appear in studio recordings of this opera, Oralia Dominguez did few complete roles on disc. As you might expect, it's a first-class presentation: an elegant little hardcover book contains the discs, background articles and production photos, along with a full libretto in Italian and English. If you can overlook the so-so sound--and I know many people can--you may find this Falstaff worth having.
Submitted on 01/25/12 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
  • Performers: Mario Carlin (Tenor); Hugues Cuénod (Tenor); Geraint Evans; Marco Stefanoni (Bass)
  • Conductor: Gui Vittorio
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 66 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893