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Beethoven: Fidelio / Dernesch, Vickers, Karajan

Release Date: 09/25/2006 
Label:  Emi Studio Catalog #: 69290   Spars Code: ADD 
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 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Booklet notes and indexed synopsis in English, French and German. Libretto is German only.

"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,
Read more thrilling performance. The orchestral playing is superb."

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

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 
Notes: Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1804).
Composition revised: Vienna, Austria (1806).
Composition revised: Vienna, Austria (1814). 

Featured Sound Samples

Fidelio: Quartet: "Mir ist so wunderbar"
Fidelio: Aria: "Abscheulicher! ... Komm, Hoffnung" (Dernesch)

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