Falstaff

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Overview

Though the operatic production in this release constitutes a version of Giuseppe Verdi's three-act commedia lirica Falstaff (1893), it isn't a stage production per se; rather, it was filmed on studio sets for German television in 1963. It stars Otto Edelmann as Shakespeare's famous corpulent knight, Sir John Falstaff, Hans Günter Grimm as Ford, Richard van Vrooman as Fenton and Erich Klaus as Dr. Cajus. The Wiener Symphoniker and Wiener Staatsoper lend added symphonic accompaniment, under the baton of Nello ...
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Overview

Though the operatic production in this release constitutes a version of Giuseppe Verdi's three-act commedia lirica Falstaff (1893), it isn't a stage production per se; rather, it was filmed on studio sets for German television in 1963. It stars Otto Edelmann as Shakespeare's famous corpulent knight, Sir John Falstaff, Hans Günter Grimm as Ford, Richard van Vrooman as Fenton and Erich Klaus as Dr. Cajus. The Wiener Symphoniker and Wiener Staatsoper lend added symphonic accompaniment, under the baton of Nello Santi; Annemarie Köhler designed the costumes; Max Bignens created the sets; and Hellmuth Matiasek directs for the stage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2010
  • UPC: 807280150797
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 88,561

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Otto Edelmann Sir John Falstaff
Melitta Muszely Mrs. Alice Ford
Graziella Sciutti Ännchen
Elisabeth Höngen Mrs. Quickly
Wiener Symphoniker
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Hans Günter Grimm Ford
Richard Van Vrooman Fenton
Erich Klaus Dr. Cajus
Marshall Raynor Bardolph
Wolfgang Hackenberg Pistol
Eva Maria Görgen Mrs. Meg Page
Nello Santi Conductor
Technical Credits
Max Bignens Set Decoration/Design
Annemarie Köhler Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Falstaff
1. "Falstaff!" - "Holla!" - "Sir John Falstaff" [4:54]
2. "6 Hühner, 6 Schillinh" [2:37]
3. "Doch Zeit Ist's Zu Sinnen Auf Was Neues" [3:35]
4. "Die Ehre!" [4:04]
5. "Alice" - "Meg" - "Mein Ännchen" [1:20]
6. "Strahlende Alice" [3:23]
7. "Ein Rebell, Ein Dieb, Ein Räuber" [2:08]
8. "Pst, Mein Ännchen" [1:54]
9. "Falstaff Hält Mich Zum Besten" [1:17]
10. "Auf Denn Zum Angriff" [2:17]
11. "Passt Auf Nut, Wie Er Großtut" [2:57]
12. "Reuige Bußer, Arme Sünder" [6:08]
13. "Die Beiden Hätt' Ich" [1:48]
14. "Der Himmel Verlieh' Euch Gnade!" [2:43]
15. "Es Liebt Ihr Eine Dame" [6:56]
16. "Ist's Wahrheit? Nicht Bloß Ein Traum?" [6:01]
17. "Ich Stell' Dem Parlamente Einen Antrag" [3:52]
18. "Lustige Weiber Von Windsor" [1:39]
19. "Nun Lass Dich Pflücken" [3:09]
20. "Einsteins Als Page" [1:00]
21. "Bergebung" [2:42]
22. "Komm' Her" [1:31]
23. "Da!" - "Da?" - "Wart', Ich Pack Dich" [4:41]
24. "He! Holla, Wirtschaft!" [5:48]
25. "Meine Ehrfurcht" [5:11]
26. "Recht So! Die Geweihe Gereichen Mir Zur Freude" [4:38]
27. "Von Mund Das Lied Entflieht In Weite Runde" [4:24]
28. "Eins, Zwei, Drei, Vier!" [3:40]
29. "Nymphen! Elfen! Sylphen! [5:20]
30. Halt, Wer Da?" [6:02]
31. "Diese Armen Alltäglichen Figuren" [3:44]
32. "So Schließen Wir Verwandtschaft" [3:21]
33. Credits [2:36]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Falstaff auf Deutsch? Ja!

    Unless you object on principle to opera performances not sung in their original language, there's a lot to enjoy in this 1963 "Falstaff," made for German television. Otto Edelmann heads an international cast as the fat knight; best known among the other singers are Elisabeth Hongen (Dame Quickly) and Graziella Sciutti (Nanetta), though all are fine. The setting is (happily) traditional, and Hellmuth Matadsiek's direction serves the music, so that in the final fugue all the actors, who have moved off camera, re-enter one by one as they make their musical entrances until the screen is crowded with people, doffing their masks as they repeat "All's a joke." The sound is quite decent mono (Nello Santi conducts the Vienna Symphony), and the black and white film image is mostly very clear. No extras--except for various subtitles--but a detailed booklet. Dare we hope that Arthaus will bring to the U.S. the Mozart scenes from Vienna (filmed in color almost ten years earlier), "Unsterblicher Mozart"?

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Verdi Falstaff DVD Arthaus Musik 101507

    I thought that the entire cast of singers was superb, with no weak links anywhere. The fact that they sang in German vs. the normal Italian should pose little problem for English-speaking audiences, since the subtitles are easy to read. As a historic performance, it is top-notch. However, the fact that it is in black and white, rather than in color, with less than perfect video quality might be a problem for some.
    There are other, more recent, but still vintage, performances in color and good audio quality available at reasonable cost (e.g., the Met recording with Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, and Marilyn Horne). Personally, I preferred Horne as Mrs. Quickly, but there is nothing wrong with Elisabeth Hongen's portrayal of the character.
    It's not often that one gets a cast with all of the singers having such good quality and tightly focused voices. A decision on whether to buy this DVD will therefore probably be decided by how devoted one is to adding to one's collection some great singers of the past, such as Elisabeth Hongen, Otto Edelmann, and Graziella Sciutti.
    Ted Wilks

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