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Saturday, October 10, 2015 Permalink

The Falstaff Connection

Falstaff and Mistress Quickly, by English painter Francis Philip Stephanoff (1787/88–1860)


Shakespeare’s greatest comic character was designed to display the weaknesses that his young friend—the future king of England—would need to leave behind.

But he turned out to be just as loveable as he was irresponsible. And when Shakespeare killed him off, Queen Elizabeth herself asked that he be brought back for yet another play. 

He’s been in the spotlight ever since.

In this hour, Sir John Falstaff in music by Salieri, Verdi, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Elgar: Falstaff BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis Warner Apex 2564 62200-2 825646220021
Salieri: Falstaff Jozsef Gregor, Salieri Chamber Orchestra, Tamas Csurja Hungaroton HCD12789-91  5991811278922
Kaleidoscope [for Merry Wives of Windsor Overture] Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras Mercury Living Presence 434-352-2 028943435222
Verdi: Falstaff Andrew Shore (Falstaff), English National Opera Orchestra, Paul Daniel Chandos CHAN 3079 095115307922
Holst: Hymn of Jesus, At the Boar’s Head, etc. John Tomlinson, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic EMI Classics 5099996892954 5099996892954
Bazelon: Symphony  No. 1, etc. Orchestra of Sofia, Harold Farberman Albany Records TROY 508 034061050827
Walton: Scenes From Shakespeare Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, Neville Marriner Chandos CHAN 7041 095115704127
Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love Raimund Herincx (Falstaff), New Philharmonia Orchestra, Meredith Davies EMI Classics CMS 5 66123 2 724356612327

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