Notes & Reviews:
When Otto Nicolai took up a position at the Vienna Court Opera in 1841, he had already enjoyed resounding success in Italy. The turbulent comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor was to be this German-language masterpiece: it combines an Italian flourish in the melodies with elements of the German singspiel and a pinch of French esprit. The 1964 Electrola recording likewise gamered much praise from the critics.
The Electrola Collection is a series from EMI Classics that celebrates the historic record label, Electrola. Electrola was part of the EMI Classics unit in Germany best known for their rich catalog, masterful artists and the iconic gramophone trademark. This second edition features eleven captivating titles including Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Joseph Haydn's The Creation and Rene Kollo sings Wagner and Strauss.
With the recording it is difficult to find serious fault. The men are uniformly superb: Gottlob Frick an unmatched, massive-voiced Falstaff, Fritz Wunderlich as ardent, godlike Fenton, and one must pay tribute to Edith Mathis in an early appearance as a sweet, confident and characterful Anne Page.
Submitted on 01/31/13 by gpcsdad
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Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable / Bryan Hymel; Carmen Giannattasio; Patrizia Ciofi; Alastair Miles
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Romantic Violin Concerto Vol. 14: Glazunov: Concerto Op. 82; Meditation, Op. 32; Schoek: Concerto Op. 21 / Chloe Hanslip, violin
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