Nicolai, C O: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

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Nicolai, C O: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

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C787102i

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24th May 2010

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Nicolai, C O: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Live Munich 14/12/1957


Annelies Kupper, Karl Schmitt-Walter (Frau & Herr Fluth), Max Proebstl (Falstaff ), Lilian Benningsen, Kieth Engen (Frau & Herr Reich), Liselotte Fölser (Anna Reich), Richard Holm (Fenton), Paul Kuën (Junker Spärlich) & Rudolf Wünzer (Dr. Cajus)

Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera & Bavaria State Orchestra, Hans Knappertsbusch

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Hans Knappertsbusch conducted a far broader spectrum of repertoire, at least in Munich, than his unique reputation for Bruckner, Wagner and Strauss might let us suppose. Knappertsbusch even left his mark on the Romantic comic opera The Merry Wives of Windsor by Otto Nicolai (after Shakespeare). He conducted it at the Prinzregententheater, which became the legendary, temporary home of the Bavarian State Opera in the years after World War II. The stark contrasts between the tender lyricism of the score and its earthy, humorous elements are savoured to the full by Knappertsbusch and the Orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera. Nicolai was born 200 years ago on 9 June 1810. At the Bavarian State Opera in 1957, the year when Knappertsbusch conducted the opening night of this production, the Merry Wives were above all an example of great ensemble theatre. The most prominent casting was of Mr and Mrs Fluth (in Shakespeare, the ‘Fords’), namely Annelies Kupper – Munich’s favourite lyric soprano of the day, and Karl Schmitt-Walter, perhaps the most versatile baritone of his generation. Falstaff was sung by Max Proebstl, a perfect example of a singer whose commitment to a single ensemble shows up the flaws of today’s industry of travelling stars. The second married pair on stage, sung by Lilian Benningsen and Kieth Engen, also proof of the virtues of a permanent ensemble, for their characterisation of members of the old English bourgeoisie, have profited from their experience of singing roles such as Princess Eboli or King Heinrich. As rivals for the hand of Anna (charmingly sung by Liselotte Fölser after the manner of Pamina) we find two brilliant tenors in the shape of Richard Holm (Fenton) and Paul Kuën (Junker Spärlich). Finally, the chorus of the Bavarian State Opera also guarantees the most important ingredients in a piece such as this, namely a delight in humour and playfulness throughout.

Otto Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Overture

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act I

Act I: Duet: Nein, das ist wirklich doch zu keck! (Frau Fluth, Frau Reich)

Act I: Was werden wir beginnen? (Frau Fluth, Frau Reich)

Act I: Dialogue

Act I: Recitative: So geht indes hinein (Herr Reich, Sparlich, Cajus, Fenton)

Act I: Recitative: Wenn eure Seele je empfunden (Herr Reich, Sparlich, Cajus, Fenton)

Act I: Recitative: Bin ich erhort? (Herr Reich, Sparlich, Cajus, Fenton)

Act I: Recitative and Aria: Nun eilt herbei, Witz, heitre Laune (Frau Fluth)

Act I: Recitative and Aria: Frohsinn und Laune wurzen das Leben (Frau Fluth)

Act I: Finale: So hab' ich dich errungen (All)

Act I: Finale: Seht, da steht ein Korb (All)

Act I: Finale: Herein! herein! So hab' ich dich errungen (All)

Act I: Finale: Da sind die Jager wieder (All)

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act II

Act II: Finale: Verzeiht, mein liebes Weibchen (All)

Act II: Dialogue

Act II: Als Bublein klein (Falstaff, Burgerm Kellner, Chorus)

Act II: Gott gruss Euch, Sir! (Falstaff, Burgerm Kellner, Chorus)

Act II: Recitative: In einem Waschkorb? (Herr Fluth, Falstaff)

Act II: Dies ist die Stunde, wo sie oft (Sparlich, Cajus, Fenton)

Act II: Romance: Horch, die Lerche singt im Hain! (Fenton)

Act II: Duet: Fenton! (Anna, Fenton)

Act II: Quartet: Besturmen denn die last' gen Freier (Fenton, Anna, Sparlich, Cajus)

Act II: Dialogue

Act II: Duet: So! jetzt hatt' ich ihn gefangen! (Herr Fluth, Frau Fluth)

Act II: Finale: Wer klopft? - Macht auf, Herr Fluth! (Herr Fluth, Sparlich, Cajus, Herr Reich, Frau Fluth, Frau Reich, Falstaff)

Act II: Finale: Stutz Euch, Mutter Klatsch, auf mich (Herr Fluth, Sparlich, Cajus, Herr Reich, Frau Fluth, Frau Reich, Falstaff)

Act II: Finale: Schorft die Augen! (Herr Fluth, Sparlich, Cajus, Herr Reich, Frau Fluth, Frau Reich, Falstaff)

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act III

Act III: Dialogue

Act III: O susser Mond! (Anna, Chorus)

Act III: Trio: Die Glocke schlug schon Mitternacht (Falstaff, Frau Fluth, Frau Reich)

Act III: Ihr Elfenm weiss und rot und grau (Anna, Fenton, Herr Reich, Chorus)

Act III: Du schweigst? (Anna, Fenton, Herr Reich, Chorus)

Act III: Mucken, Wespen, Fliegenchor (Herr Reich, Falstaff, Cajus, Sparlich, Chorus)

Act III: Er gesteht noch immer nicht (All)

Act III: Trio - Finale: So hat denn der Schwank der frohlichen Nacht (Frau Fluth, Anna, Frau Reich, Falstaff, Chorus)

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