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Beethoven: Fidelio Highlights / Haitink, Norman, Goldberg, Moll


Release Date: 08/19/2011 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 438496   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Pamela CoburnHans-Peter BlochwitzJessye NormanKurt Moll,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden StaatskapelleDresden State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Haitink has conducted some inspiring performances of this work in the opera house. He, like Jessye Norman, has here distilled it for intense home-listening, and very vivid and involving it proves to be.

...a strong, cleancut reading, marked by transparent textures, on the whole very well cast, and crowned by a grandly noble portrayal of the central figure of Leonore... Norman's dominance—with every phrase conveying an intense facial expression—is established even before she begins to sing, for her speaking voice even in the brief lines she has in the dialogue before the canon quartet in Act 1, comes over with a magnetism to match that of her singing... Haitink's control goes with a direct approach to the score, with far
Read more less moulding of phrase than with Karajan or Bernstein, and with the beauty of the line presented in simplicity, much closer to the manner of Klemperer and similarly magnetic...

The massed voices of the finale are given plenty of space, too, with the Dresden State Opera Chorus full and fresh. Haitink's reading of that culminating section is unusually brisk at the start, making it strong and thrustful rather than magisterial, with rhythms well-sprung, and with Don Fernando's monologue sounding more dramatic and less of an interpolation than it sometimes does. That is also partly owed to the fine, well-detailed singing of Andreas Schmidt...

As for the other casting, it would be hard to devise a better line-up from today's singers. Quite apart from Norman—who in herself provides a clear justification for the whole set—Kurt Moll makes a satisfyingly firm and strong Rocco, not as rounded in his characterization as Gottlob Frick was for Klemperer, but positive and sympathetic. As Pizarro, Ekkehard Wlaschiha is outstanding in every way, just as bitingly distinctive here with his firm, incisive voice as he was in the role of Alberich in The Ring... The pair of lovers are beautifully cast too, with Pamela Coburn—previously Siebel in Sir Colin Davis's Faust (Philips) and First Lady in Harnoncourt's Die Zauberflote (Teldec/Warner Classics)—attractively fresh and girlish, and Hans Peter Blochwitz aptly light and rounded as Jacquino, yet quite strong enough to fit well into the canon quartet... All told, this is a noble set, very well recorded, easily the best digital version to date... Though Haitink has conducted some inspiring performances of this work in the opera house, he, like Jessye Norman, has here distilled it for intense home-listening, and very vivid and involving it proves to be.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [1/1991, reviewing the complete opera]
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Works on This Recording

1. Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
2. Fidelio, Op. 72: O, wär ich schon mit dir vereint by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Pamela Coburn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
3. Fidelio, Op. 72: Mir ist so wunderbar by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor), Pamela Coburn (Soprano), Jessye Norman (Soprano),
Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
4. Fidelio, Op. 72: Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben.... by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
5. Fidelio, Op. 72: Gut, Söhnchen, gut by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Pamela Coburn (Soprano), Jessye Norman (Soprano), Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Written: 1814 
6. Fidelio, Op. 72: March by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Written: 1814 
7. Fidelio, Op. 72: Ha! Welch ein Augenblick by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Baritone)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
8. Fidelio, Op. 72: O, welche Lust! by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
9. Fidelio, Op. 72: Er sterbe! by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Bass), Kurt Moll (Bass), Reiner Goldberg (Tenor),
Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Written: 1814 
10. Fidelio, Op. 72: O namenlose Freude by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Reiner Goldberg (Tenor), Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
11. Fidelio, Op. 72: Heil sei dem Tag by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jessye Norman (Soprano), Reiner Goldberg (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass),
Pamela Coburn (Soprano), Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Bass)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
12. Fidelio, Op. 72: Des besten Königs Wink und Wille by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Andreas Schmidt (Baritone)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
13. Fidelio, Op. 72: Ha! Welch ein Augenblick by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Bass), Pamela Coburn (Soprano), Kurt Moll (Bass),
Reiner Goldberg (Tenor), Jessye Norman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
14. Fidelio, Op. 72: Wer ein holdes Weib errungen by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Pamela Coburn (Soprano), Kurt Moll (Bass), Reiner Goldberg (Tenor),
Jessye Norman (Soprano), Andreas Schmidt (Baritone), Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 

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