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Beethoven: Fidelio Live


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Two legendary heroic voices are heard here in their golden prime tenor Jon Vickers sings the role of imprisoned hero Florestan, and soprano Birgit Nilsson is his wife Leonore, who disguises herself as the youth Fidelio in order to save her husband. One of the greatest German conductors of the 20th century, Karl Böhm, conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, with a distinguished cast that includes the German baritone Hermann Uhde (Don Pizarro), Austrian bass Oskar Czerwenka (Rocco) and three memorable American singers soprano Laurel Hurley (Marzellina), tenor Charles Anthony (Jaquino) and bass Giorgio Tozzi (Don Fernando). 2 CDs taken from the February 13, 1960 broadcast

Disc: 1
1. Fidelio; Overture
2. Fidelio; Act I: Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein
3. Fidelio; Der arme Jaquino ... O wär' ich schon mit dir vereint
4. Fidelio; Guten Tag, Marzelline, ist Fidelio noch nicht zurückgekommen?
5. Fidelio; Mir ist so wunderbar
6. Fidelio; Höre, Fidelio - Hat man nicht auch Gold beneben
7. Fidelio; Vater! Rocco!
8. Fidelio; Gut, Söhnchen, gut
9. Fidelio; March
10. Fidelio; Drei Schildwachen auf den Wall!
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Disc: 2
1. Fidelio; Act II: Introduction
2. Fidelio; Gott! Welch Dunkel hier - In des Lebens Frühlingstagen
3. Fidelio; Wie kalt ist es
4. Fidelio; Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben
5. Fidelio; Er erwacht!
6. Fidelio; Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten
7. Fidelio; Alles ist bereit
8. Fidelio; Er sterbe! ... Es schlägt der Rache Stunde
9. Fidelio; O meine Leonore! - O namenlose Freude!
10. Fidelio; Overture: Leonore No. 3
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Product Details

  • Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Jon Vickers, Hermann Uhde, Oskar Czerwenka
  • Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
  • Conductor: Karl Bohm
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony Masterworks
  • ASIN: B004NCLKF0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The management of the Metropolitan recently decided to release a clutch of broadcast recordings long jealously held in their vault and otherwise available only as pirates or dodgy imports. Their comparative rarity lends them a certain cachet, but closer inspection reveals that they are not necessarily as attractive as they first appear. First, they are all monaural and pretty scratchy, with a constant fluttering interference as background noise. Voices are well forward but the orchestra and chorus can be dim. Secondly, in some cases performance standards are variable; for instance, in the case of this Fidelio despite the star names, the supporting cast is very ordinary. Thirdly, those star singers are very often available in contemporary studio recordings of far superior quality -although of course the frisson of a live performance might be absent.

It is certainly the case that anyone who wants to hear Nilsson or Vickers in the principal roles here need only turn to two celebrated recordings by Maazel and Klemperer respectively - and they are in fact finer in those studio recordings, even though their performances here remain impressive. Another possible attraction might be to hear Karl Böhm's interpretation of the opera, though on the showing here I wonder why: he is in his most restless and impatient mode, harrying his singers to the extent that they cannot always make their points. Hermann Uhde in particular suffers from being mercilessly rushed so he cannot hit his considerable vocal stride; one has only to hear Berry for Klemperer or Tom Krause for Maazel to sympathise with him; Maazel seems to give his singers so much more time despite the fact that timings are often similar. It doesn't help that Pizarro seems to lie a little low for Uhde, too.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Carr on June 1, 2011
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Anyone who saw this team do Fidelio or heard it on Sirius will know that there has been nothing like it since. Besides the great singing, Karl Bohm's conducting sets the performance on fire. Just listen to his Leonore No. 3 in Act 2. The audience goes wild. I dare say there has not been a Fidelio conducted or sung like this since.

I urge everyone to buy this (and the Walkure) and support Sony for putting them out. They are a real bargain!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Profgv on May 31, 2011
Format: Audio CD
There's no need to repeat What the other 2 reviews are saying. They are both accurate....
The Met is doing a star turn here with Nilsson and Vickers. It is a raw/live performance from 1960 and surprisingly not well recorded considering the Met had it in their archives...There is such a odd balance of sound. On the other hand it is live and Nilsson is in the freshest voice imaginable. A voice that only nature can describe. I remember seeing this with Bohm a few seasons later (James King debut) with great success. Vickers remains a towering artist. And at the end of the day I only own live Fidelio recording.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann M Askew on December 27, 2012
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I love the Mattila performance, but this is extraordinary. You'll love the singers. How fortunate to have these great Met broadcasts.
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