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Beethoven: Fidelio / Harnoncourt, Nylund, Kaufmann, Et Al

Beethoven / Nylund / Kaufmann / Harmoncourt
Release Date: 08/16/2005 
Label:  Tdk   Catalog #: OPFID  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred MuffJonas KaufmannCamilla NylundLászló Polgár
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera ChorusZurich Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: LPCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running Time: 134 mins
Region Code: All
Booklet Languages: English, French, German
Recording Date: 15 February 2004

"A taut and tense traversal of a familiar work, very personally conducted...this is by and large a consistent and engrossing experience, especially on the musical side. Harnoncourt, as he showed in his CD version (Teldec, 10/95), has – as always – decided views on the work in hand as regards tempi and texture. This predominantly light but dramatic reading harks back to the 18th century rather than forward to the 19th, with romantic feeling at a premium. The orchestra
Read more foretells the rest in its crisply accented rhythms, clean sound and sense of the impending drama: they play splendidly. Once the curtain is up, we realise that Jürgen Flimm is to offer a fairly minimalist production, one set more-or-less in period and concentrating – rightly – on the characters of the principals...Rocco – a wonderfully moving, warm and eloquent performance from László Polgár – is kindly, cowed by his surroundings, and alert to every nuance of feeling in those around him. His body language and his eyes tell us everything about the jailer’s torment...Leonore, in the arresting figure of Camilla Nylund, is slim and appealing, truly believable as a young man... In support, the Zurich Opera forces sing and play with well-prepared assurance under Harnoncourt’s concentrated and elevating direction."
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Works on This Recording

Fidelio, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Muff (Baritone), Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Camilla Nylund (Soprano),
László Polgár (Bass)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Zurich Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804/1814; Vienna, Austria 

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