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Angelo Francesco Lavagnino's Falstaff
Quartet Records and Gruppo Sugar present an expanded, fully restored and remastered 2-CD edition of the masterful score for Orson Welles’ classic Falstaff by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino. Lavagnino peppered his score with authentic medieval melodies, often presented in simple, unison settings. For the court scenes, he employed Renaissance-like brass chorales and trumpet fanfares. His exciting music for the Battle of Shrewsbury uses more modern techniques, employing a keening women’s chorus, a great deal of percussion and a higher level of dissonance. A contrasting highlight is the tender, mournful lament for the dying King Henry IV. For more info and ordering, visit Quartet Records.