Beethoven: Fidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio

by Waltraud Meier
     
 
Plácido Domingo's voice of burnished gold has graced the great roles of Italian and French opera, but the Spanish-born tenor has proved he also has the heroic heft for German repertory. Having performed and recorded Wagnerian heroes such as Lohengrin and Parsifal, Domingo now turns to Florestan,

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Plácido Domingo's voice of burnished gold has graced the great roles of Italian and French opera, but the Spanish-born tenor has proved he also has the heroic heft for German repertory. Having performed and recorded Wagnerian heroes such as Lohengrin and Parsifal, Domingo now turns to Florestan, the political prisoner of Beethoven's Fidelio. Ardently sung and acutely dramatic, his portrayal is a new triumph that demonstrates the range and depth of his artistry. Soprano Waltraud Meier is a forthright Leonore, the faithful wife who poses as a man to save her husband. "O namenlose Freude," (O inexpressible joy), the ecstatic duet that celebrates their reunion, explodes with fiery intensity and melting lyric beauty. In the supporting roles, bass René Pape is sonorous as Rocco the jailer, and baritone Falk Struckmann is terrifyingly intense as the villainous Don Pizarro. Throughout the opera, conductor Daniel Barenboim sets an urgent pace that propels the drama. Those who know the opera well should be warned that this is not a standard version of the score. All of the spoken dialogue is cut, and the pithy Fidelio overture is replaced by the expansive Leonore Overture No. 2, which provides an emotional digest of the work. During Fidelio's long gestation, Beethoven actually wrote four splendid overtures -- the so-called "Fidelio" Overture was the fourth to be composed -- and the first and third are also included on this set. Barenboim has also opted to shuffle the order of some musical numbers, presumably to intensify the dramatic thrust. But it's the splendid singing, rather than any structural adjustments, that makes this performance so compelling.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2000
Label:
Teldec
UPC:
0639842524926
catalogNumber:
25249

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  1. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  -  Deutschen Staatsopernchor Berlin  - Plácido Domingo  - Werner Güra  - Klaus Hager  - Soile Isokoski  - Merle Kersten  - Renate Kupfer  - Waltraud Meier  - René Pape  - Joseph Sonnleithner  -  Staatskapelle Berlin  - Falk Struckmann  - Georg Friedrich Treitschke  - Stephan von Breuning  - Kwangchul Youn  - Eberhard Friedrich  - Alois Karner
  2. Leonore Overture No. 1 in C major, Op. 138  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Merle Kersten  - Renate Kupfer  -  Staatskapelle Berlin  - Alois Karner
  3. Leonore Overture No. 3 in C major, Op. 72b  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Merle Kersten  - Renate Kupfer  -  Staatskapelle Berlin  - Alois Karner
  4. Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Daniel Barenboim  - Merle Kersten  - Renate Kupfer  -  Staatskapelle Berlin  - Alois Karner

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