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Beethoven: Fidelio / Bernstein, Janowitz, Kollo, Popp

Release Date: 09/13/2005 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000526702   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hans SotinLucia PoppGundula JanowitzRené Kollo,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1970, Leonard Bernstein was invited by the Vienna State Opera to prepare a new production of Fidelio for the Beethoven bicentennial. He returned in 1978 to make this recording with an all-star cast featuring Gundula Janowitz in the title role. At the same time, Bernstein was finishing his integral recording of the Beethoven symphonies with the State Opera’s pit orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic. It’s hardly surprising that this account of the opera conveys such an extraordinary sense of occasion and exhibits a degree of musical cohesion that can only be described as “symphonic.” Bernstein is, of course, the biggest star of all here, and he presides over a performance of remarkable strength and dramatic conviction, especially memorable Read more for the emotional intensity of the climactic moments (in particular, Pizzaro’s “Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!”, the Act I finale, and the Act II quartet). One of the recording’s most striking features is its insertion of the Leonore Overture No. 3 before the final scene of Act II, honoring a tradition established by Gustav Mahler when he was director of the Vienna Court Opera at the beginning of the 20th century. In Bernstein’s hands, this 15-minute interlude becomes an impassioned meditation on the themes of love, courage, and self-sacrifice that lie at the heart of the opera. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection Read less

Works on This Recording

Fidelio, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hans Sotin (Bass), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano),
René Kollo (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Manfred Jungwirth (Bass)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804/1814; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Fidelio Op.72: Overture
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: Armer Jaquino, ich war ihm sonst recht gut (Marzelline)
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "O wär ich schon mit dir vereint"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Jaquino!" / "Ja, Meister Rocco?" (Rocco, Jaquino, Marzelline, Leonore)
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Mir ist so wunderbar"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Höre, Fidelio"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: Ihr habt recht, Vater Rocco (Leonore, Rocco, Marzelline)
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Gut Söhnchen, gut"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: Marsch
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Drei Schildwachen auf den Wall"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Hauptmann! Besteigen Sie mit einem Trompeter..."
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile!"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Marzelline!" / "Nein, ich will nicht..." (Jaquino, Marzelline)
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "O welche Lust, in freier Luft den Atem leicht zu heben!"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Nun sprecht, wie .."-"Ach Vater, eilt"-"Verwegner .."
Fidelio op.72 / Act 1: "Leb wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 2: "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier! - In des Lebens Frühlingstagen"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 2: "Wie kalt ist es in diesem unterirdischen Gewölbe" - "Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 2: "Er erwacht"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 2: "Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 2: "Alles ist bereit"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 2: "Er sterbe! Doch er soll erst wissen" - "Vater Rocco! Der Herr Minister ist angekommen" - "Es schlägt der Rache Stunde"
Fidelio op.72 / Act 2: "O namenlose Freude"
Overture "Leonore No.3", Op. 72a
Fidelio op.72 / Act 2: "Heil sei dem Tag"

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