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A bargain Fidelio,
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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.