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Saturday, July 13, 2019 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 lovable 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.


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 [Merry Wives of Windsor Overture]

Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras

Mercury Living Presence 434-352-2


Verdi: Falstaff

Andrew Shore (Falstaff), English National Opera Orchestra, Paul Daniel

Chandos CHAN 3079


Hymn of Jesus, At the Boar’s Head, etc.

John Tomlinson, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

EMI Classics 5099996892954


Bazelon: Symphony  No. 1, etc.

Orchestra of Sofia, Harold Farberman

Albany Records TROY 508


Walton: Scenes From Shakespeare

Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Chandos CHAN 7041


Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love

Raimund Herincx (Falstaff), New Philharmonia Orchestra, Meredith Davies

EMI Classics CMS 5 66123 2


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