Saturday, 5 February 2011

Falstaff Salzburg 1936

Here is 35 minutes, containing all of Act 1 of Falstaff from the Salzburg Festival in 1936. Taken from an NBC shortwave relay it is significant for the conducting of Arturo Toscanini. For a shortwave relay the sound is not at all bad. A complete recording of Falstaff made on Selenophone film, also conducted by Toscanini, exists from the 1937 Salzburg Festival and was issued on CD by Andante (hard to find now). An alternative remastering has been issued by Pristine Classical .

The original NBC transcription disc

Verdi: Falstaff – Act I
Salzburg  August 20, 1936
Broadcast: 2-2.45pm NBC Red

Falstaff: Mariano Stabile
Mistress Ford: Franca Somigli
Mistress Meg Page: Mita Vasari
Mistress Quickly: Angelica Cravcenco
Ford: Piero Biasini
Nannetta: Augusta Oltrabella
Fenton: Dino Borgioli
Dr. Caius: Alfredo Tedeschi
Bardolph: Giuseppi Nessi
Pistol: Virilio Lazzari
Arturo Toscanini, Conductor 
Vienna Philharmonic, Festspielhaus, Salzburg

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