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CHAN 3079
(multiple CD Set)
Opera - Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2002

Originally recorded in 2001


English National Opera Orchestra

Paul Daniel

Ashley Holland

baritone - Ford

Andrew Shore

baritone - Sir John Falstaff

Clive Bayley

bass - Pistol

Rebecca de Pont Davies

mezzo-soprano - Mistress Quickly

Alice Coote

mezzo-soprano - Mrs Meg Page

Yvonne Kenny

soprano - Mrs Alice Ford

Susan Gritton

soprano - Nannetta

Richard Roberts

tenor - Bardolph

Stuart Kale

tenor - Dr Caius

Barry Banks

tenor - Fenton

English National Opera Chorus


Blackheath Halls, London


Brian Couzens


Jonathan Cooper

Christopher Brooke


Record Label
Opera In English


Vocal & Song

Opera in English

Total Time - 125:05
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  Comic opera in three acts  
  Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV  
  English translation by Amanda Holden  
  Act I  
  Scene 1 (16:53)  
1 'Falstaff!' 5:07
  Dr Caius, Falstaff, Bardolph, Pistol  
2 'Your bill, sir' 3:12
  Landlord, Falstaff, Bardolph, Pistol  
3 'Are you acquainted with a merchant whose name is Ford?' 2:50
  Falstaff, Bardolph, Pistol  
4 'So now, convey these scorching letters' 1:07
  Falstaff, Pistol, Bardolph  
5 'Your honour? Vermin!' 4:37
  Scene 2 (15:50)  
6 'Dear Alice!' 1:17
  Meg, Alice, Quickly, Nannetta  
7 '''Heavenly Alice, let me love you . . .''' 2:36
  Meg, Alice, Quickly, Nannetta  
8 'Monster!' 1:34
  Quickly, Mag, Nannetta, Alice, Dr Caius, Bardolph, Fenton, Pistol, Ford  
9 'Again please' 1:32
  Ford, Pistol, Dr Caius, Bardolph, Fenton, Nannetta, Alice, Meg, Quickly  
10 'Pst, pst, Nannetta' 1:45
  Fenton, Nannetta  
11 'Falstaff has dared to mock me!' 1:31
  Alice, Meg, Nannetta, Quickly  
12 'Back to the jousting . . .' 2:27
  Fenton, Nannetta  
13 'You'll gather from his boasting' 1:37
  Bardolph, Ford, Pistol, Dr Caius, Fenton  
14 'Enough of this chattering' 1:32
  Alice, Nannetta, Quickly, Meg  
  Act II  
  Scene 1 (25:13)  
15 'We're converted, we've reverted' 1:07
  Bardolph, Pistol, Falstaff  
16 'Sir, your servant!' 2:28
17 'I've another commission to bring your worship' 2:28
  Quickly, Falstaff  
18 'Alice is mine!' 1:20
19 'Sir John, outside there is a certain Master Brook' 0:40
  Bardolph, Falstaff  
20 'Good sir, may God be with you!' 3:07
  Ford, Falstaff, Bardolph, Pistol  
21 'In Windsor there's a lady' 3:32
22 'This cruel beauty has a reputation' 3:39
  Ford, Falstaff  
23 'I'm dreaming! Or is this true?' 5:05
24 'How do I look? I'm ready' 1:47
  Falstaff, Ford  
  Scene 2 (20:03)  
25 'I think we should propose a bill' 0:40
  Alice, Quickly, Meg  
26 'I hurry down the river to the Garter' 1:07
27 'It's really very simple' 2:14
  Quickly, Meg, Alice, Quickly  
28 'Witty young women of Windsor . . .' 1:50
  Nannetta, Meg, Alice, Quickly  
29 'At last I've caught you' 3:49
  Falstaff, Alice  
30 'When I was page to the noble Duke of York' 0:59
  Falstaff, Alice, Quickly  
31 'Mistress Alice, it's Mistress Meg' 1:00
  Quickly, Falstaff, Alice, Meg  
32 'He jumped the hedge, and he trampled the hydrangea' 1:41
  Quickly, Ford, Falstaff, Bardolph, Pistol, Alice, Meg  
33 'Come here!' 0:50
  Nannetta, Fenton  
34 'I'll kill him! I'll slaughter him!' 0:50
  Dr Caius, Ford, Pistol, Bardolph, Nannetta, Fenton  
35 'When I catch you . . .' 3:16
  Ford, Dr Caius, Quickly, Meg, Bardolph, Pistol, Fenton, Nannetta, Chorus, Alice  
36 'It's not him!' 1:45
  Dr Caius, Alice, Meg, Quickly, Bardolph, Ford, Pistol, Chorus, Nannetta, Fenton  
  Act III  
  Scene 1 (17:00)  
37 'Hey! Landlord!' 6:36
38 'Sir, your servant!' 3:19
  Quickly, Falstaff, Alice, Ford, Nannetta, Meg, Dr Caius  
39 'Just as the chimes of midnight are resounding' 4:59
  Quickly, Ford, Alice, Nannetta, Meg, Fenton  
40 'Don't forget the lanterns' 2:06
  Alice, Ford, Dr Caius, Meg, Quickly, Nannetta  
  Scene 2 (30:07)  
41 [Introduction] 1:16
42 'From lover's lips a happy song' 2:34
  Fenton, Nannetta  
43 'Master Fenton, put on this friar's habit' 0:56
  Alice, Fenton, Nannetta, Quickly, Meg  
44 'One, two, three, four, five, six, seven chimes' 3:13
45 'I hear a nimble footstep' 1:14
  Falstaff, Alice, Meg  
46 'Woon-nymphs, elfins, naiads, leprechauns and sirens' 1:56
  Nannetta, Chorus, Falstaff, Alice  
47 'Upon a fragrant breath of night' 4:25
  Nannetta, Chorus  
48 'Who goes there?' 0:57
  Bardolph, Pistol, Falstaff, Quickly, Alice, Nannetta, Meg, Chorus, Ford  
49 'Pinch him and burn him' 0:56
  Alice, Meg, Quickly, Falstaff, Chorus  
50 'Buffoon!' 2:08
  Dr Caius, Ford, Bardolph, Pistol, Alice, Quickly, Meg, Chorus  
51 'Nose incandescent! Nozzle rubescent!' 2:53
  Falstaff, Quickly, Ford, Meg, Alice  
52 'So the commonest rabble have collected' 1:22
  Falstaff, Chorus, Ford  
53 'Now the bride is approaching with her bridegroom' 1:11
  Ford, Falstaff, Chorus, Alice  
54 'Ha, ha!' 1:55
  Falstaff, Pistol, Chorus, Dr Caius, Ford, Alice, Bardolph, Fenton, Nannetta  
55 'Life is a burst of laughter' 3:11
  Falstaff, All  
 Andrew Shore baritone - Sir John Falstaff
 Yvonne Kenny soprano - Mrs Alice Ford
 Ashley Holland baritone - Ford
 Susan Gritton soprano - Nannetta
 Barry Banks tenor - Fenton
 Stuart Kale tenor - Dr Caius
 Rebecca de Pont Davies mezzo-soprano - Mistress Quickly
 Alice Coote mezzo-soprano - Mrs Meg Page
 Clive Bayley bass - Pistol
 Richard Roberts tenor - Bardolph
 Paul Daniel
  27 May-3 June 2001  
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‘…the superb conducting of Paul Daniel.’
Classic FM Magazine

‘…Paul Daniel's vivid presentation of the orchestral score… is as subtly coloured and powerfully dramatic as one could wish.’
The Sunday Telegraph

‘Paul Daniel's command of the score is compelling, full of both fire and refinement.’
Opera Magazine

'It is serious competition for the currently available recordings in Italian.'
BBC Music Magazine

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