- Audio CD (July 25 2000)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: EMI Classics
- ASIN: B00004VVZB
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
|1. Fidelio: Ouveture (Orchester)|
|2. Fidelio: Act I: Nr. 1 - Duett Jetzt, Schatzchen, jetz sind wir allein (Jaquino) (Marzelline)|
|3. Fidelio: Act I: Rezitativ Der arme Jaquino dauert mich beinahe|
|4. Fidelio: Act I: Nr. 2: Arie Owar ich schon mit dir vereint (Marzelline)|
|5. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act I: Rezitativ Guten Tag, Marzelline. 1st Fidelio noch nicht zuruck? (Rocco) (Marzelline) (Leonore)|
|6. Fidelio: Act I: Nr. 3: Arie Mir ist so wunderbar (Marzelline) (Leonore) (Rocco) (Jaquino)|
|7. Fidelio: Act I: Rezitativ - hore, Fidelio, weibt du, was ich tue?|
|8. Fidelio: Act I: Nr. 4: Arie (Rocco)|
|9. Fidelio: Act I: Rezitativ - Ihr konnt das leicht sagen, meister rocco (Leonore) (Rocco) (Marzelline)|
|10. Fidelio: Act I: Nr. 5: Terzett|
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|1. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act II: Nr. 11: Introduktion (orchester)|
|2. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act II: und Arie gott! Welch' Dunkel hier|
|3. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act II: In des Lebens Fruhlingstagen|
|4. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act II: Und spur' ich nicht linde (Florestan)|
|5. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act II: Nr. 12: Melodram Wie Kalt ist es|
|6. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act II: und Duett - Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben (Leonore) (Rocco)|
|7. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act II: Rezitative Er erwacht! (Leonore) (Rocco) (Florestan)|
|8. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act II: Nr: 13 Terzett - Euch werde Lohn in besser'n Welten (Florestan) (Rocco) (Leonore)|
|9. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act II: Rezitativ Vater Rocco! (Rocco) (Leonore) (Florestan) (Don Pizarro)|
|10. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Act II: Nr. 14 - Quartett Er sterbe! (Rocco) (Leonore) (Florestan) (Don Pizarro)|
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It has just been released on TESTAMENT and is a live mono recording from Covent Garden, 1961. After the live production they recorded the studio version. But thanks to TESTAMENT we can hear Fidelio as a real-life experience.
To tell you the truth, I was blown away by the interpretation of the TESTAMENT recording, the sound is totally amazing, (like stereo!) and you can actually hear the "underlying musical through-line" the intensity and natural beauty of the singing and orchestral playing is something else.
I'm so glad TESTAMENT released the famous-historical recording for us. I like it a lot better than Klemperer's studio version. The difference is like listening to a studio recording of Beethoven's 9th and seeing it live!
I can clearly see what all the hype is about, as the singing here is divine, among other things. Also, I consider Klemperer to be a very fine conductor (and I can't shake off the feeling that he is often underrated; why that would be I don't know).
And what a cast! Christa Ludwig to name but one. Superb.
Well, I just add my recommendation on Amazon and it's up to you to decide whether or not to purchase this CD.
For Christa Ludwig, you should look for her 1964 RCA recital of Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene, Ariadne Auf Naxos, the Dyer's Wife in Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Rosina in the Barber of Servile and Elektra in Strauss' Elektra!! That superb recital disc is a treasured classic of the Gramophone just like Sutherland's "The Art of Prima Donna". You can also hear Christa Ludwig's fabulous and famous Venus in Solti's Tannhauser (Decca). Catch her searingly dramatic and yet gorgeously sung Fricka and Waltraute in Solti's Ring (Decca). Not to forget her incredible Dorabella in Bohm's Cosi Fann Tutte (1962 with EMI). An absolute MUST is the 'live' recording of Karajan's 1964 Vienna State Opera Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Deutsche Grammophon) where Christa Ludwig's heart-stopping performance will leave you without a shadow of doubt of her supremacy in the role of the Dyer's wife. Don't forget the biting malevolence of Christa Ludwig's Ortrud in Kempe's Lohengrin (EMI Great Recording of the Century). Her unforgettable Marschallin in the 'live' recording of Bohm's 1969 Salzburg Der Rosenkavalier (Deutsche Grammophon). Her characterful Octavian in Karajan's stereo 1956 Der Rosenkavalier (EMI Great Recording of Century). Also, sample her interesting and securely sung Kundry in Solti's Parsifal (Decca). So many? Yes!! She is legendary. If you press me, I will advise to start with her absolutely superb 1964 RCA recital disc and her Dyer's Wife in Karajan's 1964 Die Frau Ohne Schatten at the vienna State Opera.
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