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

Release Date: 7/5/2019
Label: Prima Voce
Catalog Number: NI7969
Conductor: Fritz Stiedry
Number of Discs: 2
Length: 178 Minutes

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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 Chezy’s –achievement.

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REVIEW:

Despite big cuts (including around 20 minutes’ worth of Act 3), this is a well-prepared performance of considerable merits. Not the least of these is the proof that Joan Sutherland could indeed have made a serious career in the dramatic German Fach: she sounds an outstandingly fluent and natural exponent of the titlerole. Conductor Fritz Stiedry’s preserved Wagner performances are often a little spotty but here he seems in well-ordered control of everything. All the other major roles are on committed top form.

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Works on This Recording
1. 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
Period: Romantic
Written: 1822-1823 ; Dresden, Germany
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