Opera - Falstaff

 GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813-1901)
 Falstaff 125:36  
  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
  Falstaff  
  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
  Falstaff  
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
  Ford  
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
  Quickly  
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
  Falstaff  
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
  Falstaff  
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