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Beethoven: Fidelio / Abbado, Nina Stemme, Jonas Kaufmann

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The central tenor role of Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio is knows as one of the most demanding and difficult in all opera. For his first complete opera recording for Decca, Jonas Kaufmann, "the world's greatest currently performing tenor (London's Daily and Sunday Express), delivers everything the role demands: fearless tone, peerless style, and heart-stopping dramatic intensity.

Recorded live at the Lucerne Festival 2010 with the Festival Orchestra, this Fidelio is led by the legendary conductor Claudio Abbado- helping to make this release a major operatic event.

"Abbado’s command of the score and its structure is consummate, the atmosphere palpable through his perceptive application of orchestral colour. The detail he elicits from his hand-picked Lucerne Festival Orchestra is phenomenal, the blend of sonorities aglow, the clarity of texture refined with a masterly touch." -The Daily Telegraph

"Abbado and his hand-picked Lucerne orchestra certainly do not disappoint here, as Beethoven’s epic score is delivered with drama and incandescence...Kaufmann’s thrilling Florestan emerges with a gut-wrenching cry from his dungeon. The set is worth sampling for him alone." -The Sunday Times

"Jonas Kaufmann’s first note alone is a good reason to buy this new recording of Beethoven’s stirring opera...The effect makes your jaw drop, your pulse pause, your hairs stand on end...Abbado conducts with magisterial but selfless understanding. In the overture alone (Beethoven’s punchy fourth version is used) you feel electricity and humanity in every jabbing rhythm and lyrically sculptured phrase." -The Times

"Though there are classic recordings of Beethoven’s opera, this version holds its own. Claudio Abbado draws a lithe, fresh and stirring performance from the combined orchestras. The top-tier cast is led by Nina Stemme as Leonore, and Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan, both in thrilling voice." -The New York Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland (08/12/2010/08/15/2010).


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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Orchestra
  • Notes: KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland (08/12/2010/08/15/2010)
  • Running Time: 96 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1804-1806