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Beethoven: Fidelio / Karajan, Dernesch, Vickers, Van Dam

Beethoven / Von Karajan,Herbert
Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 48172   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Helga DerneschJon VickersHelen DonathZoltan Kélémén,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a 2 CD set with a bonus CD-Rom containing a libretto and synopsis.

"Comparison between Karajan's strong and heroic reading and Klemperer's is fascinating. Both have very similar merits, underlining the symphonic character of the work with their weight. Even so, Karajan uses Bass and Baritone soloists who are lighter than usual, for both the Rocco (Ridderbusch) and the Don Fernando (Van Dam) lack heft in their lower registers. Yet they sing dramatically and intelligently, while the Pizarro of Zoltan Kéléman is made to sound the more biting and powerful. Jon Vickers as Florestan is, if anything, even finer than he was for Klemperer, and Helga Dernesch as Leonore gives a glorious, thrilling
Read more performance. The orchestral playing is superb."

-- Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fidelio, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Helga Dernesch (Soprano), Jon Vickers (Tenor), Helen Donath (Soprano),
Zoltan Kélémén (Bass Baritone), José Van Dam (Bass), Horst Laubenthal (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 

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