Notes and Editorial Reviews
"This new Fidelio, tautly and atmospherically conducted, solidly cast throughout, with exceptionally fluent and expressive work in the two leading roles, has a great deal to recommend it - not just as a low-priced alternative but as a possible first Fidelio in a collection...Michael Halász leads his excellent orchestra and chorus in an alert, propulsive rendition that addresses the theatrical and emotional values of each scene. He also seems to elicit top-grade performances from everyone in the cast...Inge Nielsen rises as impressively to the demands of Leonore...the grave nobility, dramatic thrust, easy flexibility and wide range demanded by these roles seem a perfect fit for her skills. If she hasn't the weighty grandeur of some classic
Leonores of the past, her bright clarity offers its own substantial reward. Gösta Winbergh matches her level, combining vocal poise, tonal beauty and emotional dignity to create one of the best Florestans recorded."
- Opera News
Works on This Recording
Fidelio, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Edith Lienbacher (Soprano),
Herwig Pecoraro (Tenor),
Gösta Winbergh (Tenor),
Alan Titus (Baritone),
Wolfgang Glashof (Bass),
Kurt Moll (Bass),
Inga Nielsen (Soprano)
Hungarian Radio Chorus,
Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Written: 1804/1814; Vienna, Austria
Length: 94 Minutes 49 Secs.
Notes: Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1804).
Composition revised: Vienna, Austria (1806).
Composition revised: Vienna, Austria (1814).
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