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Beethoven : Fidelio
 
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Beethoven : Fidelio

Soile Isokoski, Waltraud Meier, Plácido Domingo, Werner Güra, Falk Struckmann, Kwangchul Youn, René Pape, Daniel Barenboim & Staatskapelle Berlin
15 Aug. 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 15 Aug. 2006
  • Release Date: 15 Aug. 2006
  • Label: Warner Classics International
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  • Total Length: 2:38:54
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  • ASIN: B001F4HKX0
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,205 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ad5d60c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e456210) out of 5 stars A Wonderful Change ! 21 April 2000
By Daniel Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have ignored all the warnings concerning this recording, and decided to buy it, only because i have much appreciation to Daniel Barenboim's musical taste, and to Waltraud Meier's singing. It is true, it isn't an ordinary Fidelio. The dialogues (which are quite boring anyhow) are missing, and the main singer (Leonore- sung here by Waltraud Meier) doesn't seem to fit to the role THEORETICALY. But thought it seems like a failure, the recording is simply outstanding. The singers reach new levels, Falk Struckmann's Pizaro is amazingly strong. Domingo's Florestan is a bit too soft, but that brings more beauty to the role. Waltraud Meier's Leonore, is amazingly inteligenty interpreted. Many reviewers say that Meier doesn't have the vocal capabilites to sing Loenore. Well, it isn't an ordinary leonore, and it certainly isn't very gentle. But it is amazingly strong, full of true emotions, and the singing is beautiful. I reject the reviews saying Meier is singing off key. Don't forget it is a studio recording, if something went wrong, you should rely on Daniel Barenboim as a conducter, and Waltraud Meier as one of today's greatest interpreters to fix it. I give this recording full 5 stars. I find it astonishingly good !
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e456264) out of 5 stars One of two new releases 22 Feb. 2000
By F. Behrens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Beethoven lovers take note: there are two new "Fidelio's" available, neither of which is perfect but both of which are quite good in their own ways.
The <Fidelio> from Naxos (8.660070-71) follows the last revision and uses the "Fidelio" Overture, followed by the Gilbert & Sullivan-like duet. It also has just enough dialogue to let you follow the plot, provided you read German, since there is no English translation of the libretto. The offering from Teldec (3984-25249-2) uses the "Leonore No.2," followed by Marzelline's aria and then the duet. It omits the dialogue entirely, based as it is on a Chicago production that had the Leonore narrate the plot between her entrances. The booklet inconveniently supplies these notes in the introduction and not in the libretto, which is tri-lingual in case you need a French as well as an English translation of the German.
Each set has a good Florestan in Gosta Winbergh (Nax.) and Placido Domingo (Tel.). In general, the Naxos cast is lighter voiced with a good Leonore in Inga Nielsen and a more than adequate Pizzaro in Alan Titus. The only sour note is the terribly sounding Fernando (Wolfgang Glashof) who seems to have been given the part because someone owed it to him. And how good it is to hear the deep bass of Kurt Moll as Rocco.
The Telarc set has Domingo, I think, to thank for its existence, and he is splendid. The rest of the cast is fine, except--and this is fatal--for Waltraud Meier, who used to sing mezzo and does not seem up to the demands of the title role.
The Naxos set has the Hungarian Radio Chorus and Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia under Michael Halasz in a nicely paced, (again) somewhat lightweight but very enjoyable rendering. On Telarc, we have the chorus of the Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin and the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim, who plays as an appendix the other three overtures Beethoven wrote for the different versions of this work.
Which one to buy? Domingo fans will of course go for the Teldec.. Others might opt for the Naxos at about half the price. I plan to enjoy both.
HASH(0x96736ccc) out of 5 stars Love the voice of Meier. Bonus: Domingo and Pape 4 July 2015
By InlinePaul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful set to me because I was looking for Waltraud Meier operas, but because I am not a Wagner fan, there are few operas with Meier available to me. This is not complete in that most of the spoken dialog is omitted but for that which precedes the graveyard duet. Rene Pape is a great Rocco. Placido Domingo is a wonderful Florestan. I like all the singers on this CD, but for a complete Fidelio I stick with Bernstein and Gundula Janowitz--my absolute favorite Leonore.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86f7360) out of 5 stars A great dramatic Leonore stuck in a mannered production 8 Dec. 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I must say that for my money the Amazon reviewer has things upside down. He commends Daniel Barenboim, but I found the conducting of this Fidelio sometimes mannaered to the point of eccentricity. Has anyone begun the Leonore #2 overture at such a glacial speed, only to let 'er rip in the allegro? As usual with Barenboim, the attempt to out-Furtwangler Furtwangler rings false, particularly when it comes to pointless, affeected rubato.

The Amazon reviewer believes that Waltraud Meier is the weak link here, when I found her Leonore utterly compelling -- gripin in its drama, wonderful in interpreting the text, and vocally thrilling. She's much more impassioned than almost any other Leonore I can think of, and although Meier's vocal tone per se isn't apapealing to me, her other gifts override that. The Gramophone review struck a chord with me when it pointed out that Domingo's singing, though powerful, is so lacking in German style that he makes an uncomfortable contrast with Meier's total grasp of that style. But it's welcome, of course, to hear a great tenor undertake Beethoven's suffering hero.

I hope more listeners get to hear Meier's achievement here. Needless to say, a Fidelio that doesn't include any dialogue is disqualified automatically from being anything like a top choice. But I'm glad I overcame my own trepidations and had a listen.
9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e45672c) out of 5 stars Is this really Beethoven's "Fidelio"? 2 April 2000
By Joseph A. Newsome - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are regrettably few excellent recordings of Beethoven's only opera--Bernstein's recording is almost comically misguided, Solti's conception was good but neither Behrens nor Hoffmann could live up to the demands he creates, Jessye Norman is a superb, dignified but largely ineffective Leonore thanks to the various failures of the other soloists on Haitink's reading (with the notable exception of Kurt Moll...where would German bass singing be now without Kurt Moll?). On this new set, Barenboim has an acceptable grasp on the score--one can only imagine what a Carlos Kleiber or Valery Gergiev could do with this score in the recording studio. Frankly, Placido Domingo continues to astound me. As Florestan, there are some small signs that the voice is aging, but the tone is still beautiful and in wonderfully pristine technical control. Bravo! Despite her decent contribution to Domingo's earlier "Samson et Dalila," Waltraud Meier here is imprecise and exasperating. It is a pity that a singer with such obviously prodigious dramatic intentions could not have been granted a voice of more appropriate proportions. "Abscheulicher" is a vocal grasp at a straw entirely out of her reach. The voice is coming apart at the seams. Only through Domingo's committment and dedication is the "namenlose Freude" duet saved. All in all, this is a set for every individual who feels that the most important contributions to "Fidelio" are those of Florestan. As Beethoven seemingly did not feel thus, perhaps this is best left to Domingo's already impressive discography of diverse roles.
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