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Good Performances, Good Sound. Excellent value.,
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This review is from: Beethoven: Fidelio (Audio CD)
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.