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Opera Explained: Verdi - Falstaff (Smillie)

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XM 8158
 
Opera Explained: Verdi - Falstaff (Smillie)
Label Catalogue Number:
8.558158
ISBN: 9781843793274
Download Size: 63 Mb
Running Time: 01:18:46
Release Date: November 2004
Originally recorded in 2004
Author
Thomson Smillie
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
Reader
David Timson
Genre:
Spoken Word

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Opera Explained: Verdi - Falstaff (Smillie)
Thomson Smillie
Read by David Timson
Verdi's Falstaff repays careful study with real pleasure. It is opera's happiest irony that the great Italian master should cap a career - distinguished for its blood-and-thunder tragic masterpieces - with the greatest comic opera in the Italian repertory. The genius of Shakespeare is harnessed (in a miracle of compression) by master-librettist Boito to give the eighty-year-old Verdi a superb libretto, on which he lavished more wonderful tunes than most composers manage in a lifetime. Falstaff is the last great Italian comic opera and a worthy end to the tradition.




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