Verdi: Falstaff (scenes)

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One of the hidden gems of the Decca catalogue is this 1963 recording of nearly an hour of highlights from Verdi's 'Falstaff' conducted by Sir Edward Downes with a model cast of soloists, including Fernando Corena as the Knight and Regina Resnik in one of her signature roles, Alice Ford. What makes the recording even more remarkable is the quality of the Decca sound - certainly one of the most vibrant, thrilling and impactful examples of analogue audio engineering. The reissue is filled out with rare recordings of Rossini and Donizetti bass arias made by Fernando Corena in 1950 and 1952. They require all of Corena's sense of character and vocal dexterity and he delivers admirably.