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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
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.
Kaleidoscope [Merry Wives of Windsor Overture]
Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra, Charles Mackerras
Mercury Living Presence 434-352-2
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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December 23, 2023