Nicolai: Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Composer Otto Nicolai
Artist Kurt Moll bass
Edith Mathis soprano
Helen Donath soprano
Peter Schreier tenor
Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin
Staatskapelle Berlin
Bernhard Klee conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94702
EAN code 5028421947020
Release October 2013

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“There proves to be scarcely an inferior page in the whole work […] and much of the writing is absolutely delicious.” (Gramophone)

So strongly associated with Otto Nicolai is Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor that often people are surprised when they discover that this was not the composer’s only work. Its overture is a firm international favourite that is often heard in concert halls all over the world. The work is typical of the German Singspiel, but also shows a strong influence of the Italian style of opera of the era.

Recorded in Berlin in 1976, this set is special firstly for uniting performers from both Eastern and Western Germany. It was also the first complete recording of the opera, containing all dialogue and narration as well as the musical numbers. Mathis is “captivating” as Miss Ford, and “the opera’s trio envoi for the three women is a gem of dovetailing, florid lines”, while Moll’s interpretation of Falstaff is “perfection” (Gramophone).

Other information:
- The first complete recording of the opera, including the spoken dialogues.
- A true Classic, showered with international record prizes, from the rich archives of Berlin Classics.
- “This performance is well out of the ordinary – one that I can scarcely wait to play again” (Gramophone).
- A dream cast of singers from both West and East Germany for this 1976 recording of Nicolai’s ever popular opera Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Edith Mathis, Helen Donath, Hanna Schwartz, Kurt Moll, Peter Schreier, Bernd Weikl…
- Delicious orchestral support, brimming with wit and esprit, from the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Bernhard Klee.
- Contains liner note and plot synopsis.
- Libretto available at www.brilliantclassics.com.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Overture
  2. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 1: Dialogue “Unsere Geschichte” (Narrator)
  3. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 1: No. 1 “Nein, das ist wirklich doch zu keck” (Mrs Ford, Mrs Page, Mr Ford, Mr Page, Slender, Dr Caius)
  4. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 1: Dialogue “Die Frauen überlegten” (Narrator)
  5. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 1: No. 2 “So geht indes hinein” (Mr Page, Slender, Dr Caius)
  6. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 1: Dialogue “Die Damen Fluth und Reich” (Narrator)
  7. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 1: No. 3 “Nun eilt herbei, Witz, heitre Laune” (Mrs Ford, Mrs Page, Falstaff)
  8. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 1: Dialogue “Es juckt mir in den Fingern” (Narrator)
  9. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 1: No. 4 “So hab’ ich dich errungen” (Falstaff, Mrs Ford, Mrs Page, 2 Servants, the Servants, Dr Caius, Slender, Publican, Women, Mr Ford, Mr Page, Chorus)
  10. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: Dialogue “Da hatten die Frauen” (Narrator)
  11. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: No. 5 “Als Büblein klein” (Falstaff, Chorus)
  12. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: Dialogue “Am nächsten Morgen” (Narrator)
  13. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: No. 6 “Gott grüß Euch, Sir” (Mr Ford, Falstaff)

Disk 2

  1. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: Dialogue “Im Garten des Herrn Reich” (Narrator)
  2. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: No. 7a “Dies ist die Stunde” (Slender, Dr Caius, Fenton)
  3. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: No. 7b “Horch, die Lerche singt im Hain” (Fenton, Slender, Dr Caius, Anne)
  4. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: No. 7c “Fenton! Mein Mädchen” (Anne, Fenton)
  5. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: No. 7d “Bestürmen denn die läst’gen Freier” (Fenton, Anne, Slender, Dr Caius)
  6. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: Dialogue “Zur gleichen Stunde” (Narrator)
  7. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: No. 8 “So jetzt hätt’ ich ihn gefangen” (Mr Ford, Mrs Ford, 2 Servants, the Servants)
  8. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 2: No. 9 “Wer klopft? Macht auf, Herr Fluth” (Mr Ford, Slender, Dr Caius, Mr Page, Mrs Ford, Falstaff, Mrs Page, Men, Women)
  9. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: Dialogue “Falstaff lief zurück” (Narrator)
  10. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: No. 10 “Vom Jäger Herne die Mär ist alt” (Mrs Page, Mr Page, Men, Mrs Ford, Anne)
  11. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: Dialogue “Frau Reich wünschte sich” (Narrator)
  12. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: No. 11 “Wohl denn, gefaßt ist der Entschluß” (Anne)
  13. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: Dialogue “Kurz vor Mitternacht” (Narrator)
  14. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: No. 12 “O süßer Mond” (Chorus, Falstaff)
  15. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: No. 13 “Die Glocke schlug schon Mitternacht” (Falstaff, Mrs Ford, Mrs Page, Chorus of the elves, Spirits)
  16. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: No. 14 “Ihr Elfen, weiß und rot und grau” (Chorus, Titania, Oberon, Elves, Hunter Herne, Falstaff)
  17. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: No. 15 “Mücken, Wespen, Fliegenchor” (Chorus, Herne, Falstaff, Slender, Dr Caius)
  18. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: No. 16 “Er gesteht noch immer nicht” (Herne, Chorus, Falstaff, Mr Ford, Mrs Ford, Mrs Page, Several Citizens, Mr Page, Spirits, Slender, Dr Caius, Anne, Fenton)
  19. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: Dialogue “Nun, Herr Ritter” (Narrator)
  20. Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Act 3: No. 17 “So hat denn der Schwank” (Anne, Mrs Ford, Mr Page, Women)