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Beethoven: Fidelio (Home of Opera) Box set

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  • Audio CD (19 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B002N4DYZO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ouvertüre (Orchester)
  2. Nr.1: Duett: Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein (Jaquino/Marzelline)
  3. Rezitativ: Der arme Jaquino dauert mich beinahe (Marzelline)
  4. Nr.2: Arie: O wär ich schon mit dir vereint (Marzelline)
  5. Rezitativ: Guten Tag, Marzelline. Ist Fidelio noch nicht zurück? (Rocco/Marzelline/Leonore)
  6. Nr.3: Quartett: Mir ist so wunderbar (Marzelline/Leonore/Rocco/Jaquino)
  7. Rezitativ: Höre, Fidelio, weißt du, was ich tue? (Rocco)
  8. Nr.4: Arie: Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben (Rocco)
  9. Rezitativ: Ihr könnt das leicht sagen, Meister Rocco (Leonore/Rocco/Marzelline)
  10. Nr.5: Terzett: Gut, Söhnchen, gut, hab'immer Mut (Rocco/Leonore/Marzelline)
  11. Der Gouverneur soll heut' (Rocco/Leonore/Marzelline)
  12. Nur auf der Hut, dann geht es gut (Rocco/Leonore/Marzelline)
  13. Nr.6: Marsch (Orchester)
  14. Rezitativ: Wo sind die Depeschen? (Pizzaro/Rocco)
  15. Nr.7: Arie mit Chor: Ha! Welch'ein Augenblick! (Pizzaro/Chor)
  16. Rezitativ: Hauptmann, besteigen Sie mit einem Trompeter sogleich den Turm (Pizzaro/Rocco)
  17. Nr.8: Duett: Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile! (Pizzaro/Rocco)
  18. Nr.9: Rezitativ: Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin? (Leonore)
  19. Arie: Komm, Hoffnung, laß den letzten Stern (Leonore)
  20. Rezitativ: Rocco, ihr verspracht mir so oft (Leonore/Marzelline/Rocco)
  21. Nr.10: Finale: O welche Lust! (Chor)
  22. Wir wollen mit Vertrauen auf Gottes Hülfe bauen (Zwei Gefangene/Chor)
  23. Nun sprecht, wie ging's (Leonore/Rocco)
  24. Ach! Vater, eilt! (Marzelline/Rocco/Jaquino/Leonore)
  25. Verwegener Alter (Pizzaro/Rocco)
  26. Leb wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht (Chor/Marzelline/Leonore/Jaquino/Pizarro/Rocco)

Disc: 2

  1. Nr.11: Introduktion (Orchester)
  2. Arie: Gott! Welch' Dunkel hier! (Florestan)
  3. In des Lebens Frühlingstagen (Florestan)
  4. Und spür ich nicht linde (Florestan)
  5. Nr.12: Melodram: Wie kalt ist es (Leonore/Rocco)
  6. Duett: Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben (Leonore/Rocco)
  7. Rezitativ: Er erwacht! (Leonore/Rocco/Florestan)
  8. Nr.13: Terzett: Euch werde Lohn in besser'n Welten (Florestan/Rocco/Leonore)
  9. Rezitativ: Alles ist bereit (Rocco/Leonore/Florestan/Pizzaro)
  10. Nr.14: Quartett: Er sterbe! (Pizzaro/Florestan/Leonore/Rocco)
  11. Rezitativ: Vater Rocco! (Jaquino/Rocco)
  12. Es schlägt der Rache Stunde! (Leonore/Florestan/Pizarro/Rocco)
  13. Nr.15: Duett: O namenlose Freude! (Leonore/Florestan)
  14. Nr.16: Finale: Heil sei dem Tag (Chor)
  15. Des besten Königs Wink und Wille (Don Fernando/Chor)
  16. Wohlan! So helfet, helft den Armen! (Rocco/Pizarro/Don Fernando/Leonore/Marzelline/Chor)
  17. Du schlossest auf des Edlen Grab (Don Fernando)
  18. O Gott! O welch' ein Augenblick! (Leonore/Florestan/Don Fernando/Marzelline/Rocco/Chor)
  19. We ein holdes Weib errungen (Chor/Florestan/Leonore/Marzelline/Jaquino/Don Fernando/Rocco)
  20. Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72a (1998 Digital Remaster)

Disc: 3

  1. Libretto
  2. Synopsis

Product Description

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This is the Fidelio which has set the standard since it first appeared. Grandeur and humanity typify Otto Klemperer’s Beethoven, while Christa Ludwig and Jon Vickers, both in transcendent form, lead the cast.

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This is the other recording of 'Fidelio' that I recommend for customers who are interested in the opera, as well as Karajan's EMI recording. They're both on the same opera series and not too expensive on the Amazon Marketplace or to download. Again Jon Vickers is a magnificent singer for Florestan's roles because his mighty and powerful voice just suits Florestan's roles. Klemperer's interpretation is extremely passionate. Christa Ludwig's a very fine Leonore. Although Walter Berry's voice doesn't sound evil, the way he sings Don Pizarro's roles still works.
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By M. Joyce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2012
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I have multiple versions of the great operatic works and I thought that it might be helpful if I posted my thoughts on my favourite recordings.

Otto Klemperer's "Fidelio" has for many years been hailed as the definitive recording of Beethoven's only opera and although there are a great many estimable versions out there, including Klemperer's own "live" recording from Covent Garden from around the same time, I would wholeheartedly concur with this accolade.

Everything here, to my ears at any rate, is well nigh perfect. The recording, even though it was made over 50 years ago, is excellent and Walter Legge's hand-picked orchestra play beautifully for Klemperer who, of course, displays an absolute affinity for Beethoven's music.

The dialogue is delivered with total conviction (Legge's wife, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, apparently voiced Marzelline), but it is the singing of the all-star cast which will attract many purchasers.

For me, pride of place has to go to the Canadian tenor Jon Vickers. It is not the most conventionally beautiful of voices, but he sings with searing intensity and his performance of Florestan's great aria which opens the second act is unbearably moving. The role of Leonore is customarily the preserve of dramatic sopranos, but it is here taken by a mezzo, Christa Ludwig. She essayed other soprano roles (the Marschallin, Donna Elvira) with varying degrees of success, but she is quite wonderful here and her top notes (as is often the case with mezzos) are absolutely gleaming.
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Vickers made me cry - sixteen more words needed by amazon, but no more needed to make the point about beauty of tone!
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Nothing to add to this recorings towering reputation
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5.0 out of 5 stars EMI is always trying to save a buck! 29 Feb. 2012
By dv_forever - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This company lets their pressings go out of print constantly, only to resurrect them in a new re-re-release. It's annoying. This new line of opera recordings by EMI come without a libretto and translations, the bread and butter of boxed opera sets. Oh wait, you can download it! Hooray! Not.

This is a great Fidelio and the following is my original review for it's previous incarcation Beethoven: Fidelio (Great Recordings of the Century) which is the one to get unless you like reading translations on the internet or printing and wasting your time and a bunch of paper.

From my review dated January 30th, 2011

Nearly 50 years have passed since this Fidelio was recorded and it still stands as one of the absolute finest accounts of this opera ever made. The sound quality has that astonishing vividness that is the hallmark of Klemperer's work with EMI. The Philharmonia orchestra was at their peak, the chorus is near perfect as well. Christa Ludwig's portrayal of Leonore has not been surpassed, nor has Jon Vickers as Florestan. I am particularly fond of Gottlob Frick as Rocco. What a different portrayal here than as Hagen on Solti's Gotterdammerung. Frick was a great singer and a terrific actor.

Ultimately it all comes down to Klemperer, he is the star of the show. Whereas his Beethoven symphonies have never excited my imagination, his Fidelio sounds very right. Klemperer was never a mercurial conductor. He has his sound realized, he picks a tempo and he carries it through. He lacks the imagination of Furtwangler or the expressiveness of Bernstein. Still he manages to have the better cast, a great orchestra and a terrific producer in Walter Legge.

All the big moments come through with grandeur, just listen to the dungeon scene. The finale takes on the air of true occasion and comes together as a spiritual experience. The Leonore 3 is tacked on as the last track. ( Solid performance but here I'll go with Karajan and Furtwangler ). This Fidelio is definitely one of Klemperer's greatest recorded achievements. No need to say more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed 25 Jan. 2013
By Nicholas M. Pyle - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the vinyls many years ago, in my callow youth, on the strength of my love for Vickers, and fell in love with Ludwig. Her voice--one critic called it the most perfectly placed of any singer's--is like molten lava flowing out of a volcano. Its power and beauty in the quartet simply overwhelm the other fine but merely human voices. Her emotions are clearly expressed throughout the opera--I'm never unaware of her fear, love, and righteous fury. Oh, yeah, and Vickers is her equal in every sense. Klemperer stirs up all the power and urgency of Beethoven's magnificent score. So I had to get the CD's to replace the nearly worn-out records and be carried back to that time of discovering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST recording 30 Dec. 2013
By L. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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The singing is incredible, just pulls you into the characters without even trying. AND really love that this set includes the CD libretto, in three languages (French, German and English) to follow along with the music. This was the main reason I bought this CD package over others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary 8 Mar. 2014
By Thomas M. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
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FIDELIO is as necessary for me as food and air. When I feel the need, this is the recording I will reach for most often.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 24 July 2014
By Ezekiel Smukler - Published on Amazon.com
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Gave this to someone for Christmas.
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