Verdi: Falstaff - 2 Historic Performances
(1) La Scala (Milan) 26 May 1952, conducted by Victor de Sabata, complete
(2) 28 April 1941, conducted by Tullio Serafin, incomplete performance,
recorded by Reichsrundfunkgesellschaft, from the archives of Deutsches
(AAD) // Total Time: 4:10:06
Complete performance from La Scala, Milan given 26 May 1952, conducted by
Victor de Sabata; with Mariano Stabile as Falstaff, Paolo Silveri as Ford,
Cesare Valletti as Fenton, Mariano Caruso as Cajus, Giuseppe Nessi as Bardolfo,
Italo Taio as Pistole, Renata Tebaldi as Alice, Cloë Elmo as Quickly and Anna
Maria Canali as Meg
Plus the previously unissued incomplete recording for RRG (German Radio) with members of Rome Opera, recorded 28 April 1941, conducted by Tullio Serafin*; with Mariano Stabile as Falstaff, Tito Gobbi as Ford, Ferruccio Tagliavini as Fenton, Adelia Zagenara as Cajus, Cesare Masini-Sperti as Bardolfo/Pistole, Franca Somigli as Alice, Augusta Oltrabella as Nanetta, Cloë Elmo as Quickly and Vittorico Palambini as Meg.
Plus bonus tracks from previously unreleased live performances of Otello and Aida conducted by de Sabata (1938).
*: From the archives of Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv. These portions of the set are a co-production with Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv