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Beethoven: Fidelio

13 Sep 1999 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 Sep 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:54:38
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  • ASIN: B005P62MDM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar 2010
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This is by any standards a very fine "Fidelio" and in terms of price, it is exceptional value. Naxos has assembled a more star-studded cast than they usually muster for their opera recordings and the casting is, with the exception of a wobbly Governor in the Act 2 Finale, extremely effective. The leading parts are taken by singers with voices lighter than usually encountered in these roles. The late Inga Nielsen is a lyrical Leonore, while Gösta Winbergh, who also died far too young, is one of the best sung Florestans on record; he may not have the searing intensity of Jon Vickers, but his sensitivity and musicality more than compensate for this. Similarly, Alan Titus may not have the villainous snarl of some Pizarros, but he is splendidly resonant. The great German bass Kurt Moll is an incomparable Rocco, characterful and beautifully sung. The Marzelline and Jaquino are perfectly adequate, as is the chorus; the conducting and playing are rather more than that. I could not do without Klemperer's definitive EMI recording and I have a soft spot for both Fricsay and Bernstein, but at this price, you cannot really go wrong.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. E. Cantrell on 1 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD
SOURCE:
Studio recording made at Phoenix Studios, Budapest, November 7-10 and 14-18, 1998.

SOUND:
Good late 1990s digital stereo. Purely as a matter of personal taste, I would prefer the more forward placement of the voices typical of older recordings, but the point is a minor one.

CAST:
Leonore, the wife of Florestan who is disguised as a boy named Fidelio while she searches for her husband - Inga Nielsen (soprano)
Florestan, a prisoner unjustly held in darkness, now near his breaking point - Goesta Wingbergh (tenor)
Don Pizarro, governor of the prison, Florestan's ancient enemy and distinctly not a warm and cuddly guy - Alan Titus (baritone)
Rocco, the senior jailer of the prison - Kurt Moll (bass)
Marzelline, Rocco's daughter, who is falling in love with Fidelio - Edith Lienbacher (soprano)
Jaquino, a jailer who loves Marzelline and feels he is being cut out by Fidelio - Herwig Pecoraro (tenor)
First Prisoner - Peter Palinkas (tenor)
Second Prisoner - Jozsef Moldvay (bass)
Don Fernando, a government minister, friend to Florestan and deus ex machina - Wolfgang Glashof (bass)

CONDUCTOR:
Michael Halasz with the Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia and the Hungarian Radio Chorus.

TEXT:
As in many performances, the spoken words of the drama have been cut. In this case, however, the cuts have been done with the dullest of hatchets. The most obvious and painful example, one which displays an appalling lack of dramatic commonsense, occurs toward the end of Scene 1, Act II. Florestan has been saved. He and his wife are left alone on stage. Beethoven, the musician of musicians, chose to express this supreme moment and the true resolution of the opera in a few simple, spoken words:
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This is a perfectly decent performance of this opera that you would be glad to find in any opera house. What it really lacks in comparison to the best is a sense of greatness. Compared with the really great performances on record by Klemperer and Karajan then this sense is really not there. Decent enough, but I would certainly look further.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John David Charles Hilton on 1 July 2003
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An excellent performance of Beethoven's only opera. Arguably his greatest vocal work outside of the Missa Solemnis, no Beethoven collection can be remotely complete without a good performance of this work, and this is as ideal as any. The sound is ideal and the singers convincing in their roles. The passion is nicely judged and the orchestral playing is brilliant. The notes contain a short history of the work, a resonably detailed plot synopsis and the German libretto (no translation of libretto, which is why I only give it 4 stars). Michael Halasz has the grasp of the opera's essence and the whole thing hangs together well. Another exemplary Naxos release.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Dec 2012
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My musical tastes are very eclectic, and I love just about everything the great man composed. Generally I stick to orchestral music, and I have to say that opera isn't one of my great loves. However, Fidelio grabbed me straight away! Beautiful singing and some gorgeous melodies make this disc an absolute treasure. Highly recommended
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