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Otto Klemperer - Beethoven: Fidelio [Feb. 1961 Covent Garden] album mp3
Opera
  • Performer:
    Otto Klemperer
  • Title:
    Beethoven: Fidelio [Feb. 1961 Covent Garden]
  • Genre:
  • Style:
    Opera
  • Date of release:
    1996
  • Duration:
    02:22:25
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    1482 megabytes
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    1437 megabytes
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    1945 megabytes
  • Rating:
    4.1
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The cast of this 1962 recording of Beethoven's Fidelio is yet to be improved upon. It would be hard to imagine a more heartrending Leonore than Christa Ludwig, a nobler Florestan than Jon Vickers, or a viler Rocco than Gottlob Frick. As fine as the cast is, the work of conductor Otto Klemperer is the real reason that this Fidelio is the Fidelio to get if you're getting only one.

Otto Nossan Klemperer (14 May 1885 – 6 July 1973) was a Jewish German-born conductor and composer, described as "the last of the few really great conductors of his generation. Beethoven: Fidelio (both the live recording from Covent Garden on Testament, and the studio EMI recording). Beethoven: Missa solemnis. Feb 1961, p 89. ^ Blyth, Alan. Otto Klemperer talks to Alan Blyth (Gramophone, May 1978)".

In the late winter of 1962 Otto Klemperer conducted his landmark EMI studio recording of Beethoven’s Fidelio (EMI 5 67364 2). Klemperer’s monumental interpretation, superbly executed by the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra and a magnificent cast, including Christa Ludwig, Jon Vickers, Walter Berry, and Gottlob Frick, resulted in one of the finest recordings this opera has ever received. For many, this writer included, Klemperer’s EMI Fidelio remains the top choice. Now Testament has issued the 24 February 1961 Fidelio from Covent Garden. The monophonic sound, while not the equal of the 1962 stereo recording, is clear, full-bodied, and well-balanced. This is fortunate, because the Covent Garden performance is a glorious achievement, well worth acquiring, even if you already own the EMI studio recording. The Covent Garden performances marked Sena Jurinac’s debut in the role of Leonore.

This live-from-Covent Garden performance, taped in February of 1961, challenges Klemperer's 1962 studio recording on EMI, also with Vickers and Frick, but with otherwise different soloists, for the supreme position among recorded versions of Fidelio. As usual with Klemperer, tempi are broad, but there's no lack of tension, and his singers, all in superb voice (except for the somewhat wobbly bass Hans Hotter as Pizarro, who nonetheless is frightening and a major force in the role), are as involved in the message of the work as they are in their individual notes. To simply have a recording with Jon Vickers in his prime makes this a "must-have" for anybody's library. The other singers are fine as well. Klemperer, as a conductor from era of giants, offers another reason to purchase. This is a live recording which adds to the electrifying nature of the performance.

Will have to check to see if that's an accurate description of what we have here.

2 CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Mono. Composed By – Ludwig van Beethoven. Conductor – Otto Klemperer. Live recording: Covent Garden, London, 24 February 1961.

Klemperer himself wanted his Covent Garden cast to be used for the recording, but the great EMI impresario Walter Legge took only Jon Vickers as Florestan and Gottlob Frick as Rocco, insisting for the rest on singers he saw as internationally more acceptable  . From the Covent Garden company, John Dobson makes a warmly engaging Jaquino and Forbes Robinson is a noble Don Fernando, but it is Sena Jurinac singing Leonore for the very first time who sets the seal on the whole performance.

Beethoven - Fidelio Highlights - Herbert Von Karajan - CD Album - 2007. Otto Klemperer - Beethoven: Fidelio. BEETHOVEN - Fidelio -Wilhelm Furtwangler -2 CD -Melodram Live 1948 -Patzak RARE. Beethoven - Fidelio - Klemperer - Live 1961/Studio 1962 - BBC Testament/EMI. Otto Klemperer Beethoven Fidelio Overtures LP Columbia SAX 2542 UK ED1. Pre-owned.

Credits

Miles Ashman - Liner Notes
Paul Baily - Digital Remastering
Alan Blyth - Liner Notes
Gery Bramall - Liner Note Translation
John Dobson - Tenor (Vocal)
Gottlob Frick - Bass (Vocal)
Victor Godfrey - Baritone (Vocal)
Hans Hotter - Bass Baritone
Elgar Howarth - Trumpet
Sena Jurinac - Soprano (Vocal)
Otto Klemperer - Conductor, Primary Artist
Elsie Morison - Soprano (Vocal)
Douglas Robinson - Choir Master
Forbes Robinson - Bass (Vocal)
Houston Rogers - Photography
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra - Orchestra
Joseph Sonnleithner - Librettist
Charles Taylor - Orchestra Leader
Georg Friedrich Treitschke - Librettist
Nicole Valencia - Liner Note Translation
Jon Vickers - Tenor (Vocal)
Joseph Ward - Tenor (Vocal)

Track List - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
Fidelio, opera, Op. 72
1 Overture Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 6:54
2 Act 1. No. 1. Duet. Jetzt, Schätzchen, sind wir allein Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 4:45
3 Act 1. Wenn ich diese Tür heute nicht schon Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 1:04
4 Act 1. No. 2. Aria. O wär' ich schon mit dir vereint Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 4:06
5 Act 1. Guten Tag, Marzelline Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 1:37
6 Act 1. No. 3. Quartet. Mir ist so wunderbar... Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 4:09
7 Act 1. Höre, Fidelio, wenn ich auch nicht weiß Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 0:33
8 Act 1. No. 4. Aria. Hat man nicht auch Gold Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 2:53
9 Act 1. Ihr könnt das leicht sagen, Meister Rocco Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 2:41
10 Act 1. No. 5. Trio. Gut, Söhnchen, gut, hab' immer Mut Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 6:45
11 Act 1. No. 6. March Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 2:15
12 Act 1. Drei Schildwachen auf den Wall Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 1:15
13 Act 1. No. 7. Aria with Chorus. Ha! Welch ein Augenblick! Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 3:32
14 Act 1. Hauptmann, besteigen Sie so gleich Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 0:48
15 Act 1. No. 8. Duet. Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile! Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 5:01
16 Act 1. No. 9. Recitative & Aria. Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin? Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 7:44
17 Act 1. Aber Marzelline- Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 1:47
18 Act 1. No. 10. Finale. O welche Lust! Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 7:22
19 Act 1. Nun sprecht, wie ging's? Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 5:13
20 Act 1. Ach! Vater, eilt! Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 7:17

Track List - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
Fidelio, opera, Op. 72
1 Act 2. No. 11. Introduction & Aria. Gott! Welch Dunkel hier! Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 11:07
2 Act 2. No. 12. Melodrama & duet. Wie kalt ist es in diesem unterirdischen Gewölbe! Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 1:57
3 Act 2. Nur hurtig fort... Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 4:41
4 Act 2. Er erwacht! Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 2:15
5 Act 2. No. 13. Trio. Euch werde Lohn in besser'n Welten Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 6:22
6 Act 2. Alles ist bereit. Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 0:56
7 Act 2. No. 14. Quartet. Er sterbe! Doch er soll erst wissen... Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 3:31
8 Act 2. Vater Rocco! Vater Rocco! Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 0:21
9 Act 2. Es schlägel der Rache Stunde! Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 1:27
10 Act 2. No. 15. Duet. O namenlose Freude! Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 3:07
11 Act 2. Overture Leonore No. 3 Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 14:17
12 Act 2. No. 16. Finale. Heil sei dem Tag, heil sei der Stunde Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 6:10
13 Act 2. Du schlossest auf des Edlen Grab Ludwig van Beethoven Otto Klemperer 8:33