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Weber: Euryanthe / Sutherland, Vroons, Stiedry, BBC Symphony

Release Date: 07/05/2019 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: NI7969  
Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Kurt BöhmeLloyd Strauss-SmithDame Joan SutherlandOtakar Kraus,   ... 
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Despite the (mainly traditional) cuts, this 1955 BBC broadcast is treasurable. Not only does it feature Joan Sutherland’s touchingly pure and limpid Euryanthe – a role she only sang this once – but it also extends the small discography of Frans Vroons, in a lyric-heroic role which could have been written for him. Marianne Schech and Otakar Kraus are matchless villains, Kurt Bohme a comfortable King. Yet perhaps the performance’s prime virtue is the candescent conducting of Fritz Stiedry. His visionary readings of the familiar Overture and the desolate Prelude to Act 3 are heightened by unusually good broadcast sound, captured by the late Richard Itter on state-of-the-art equipment. This thrilling Euryanthe fully vindicates Weber’s – and Read more Chezy’s –achievement. Read less

Works on This Recording

Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Kurt Böhme (Bass), Lloyd Strauss-Smith (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano),
Otakar Kraus (Bass-baritone), Frans Vroons (Tenor), Marianne Schech (Soprano),
Beryl Hatt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Dresden, Germany 

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