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Beethoven: Fidelio / Davis, Brewer, Mac Master, et al

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

"This new entry into the Fidelio sweepstakes is played and sung just about perfectly... we meet the lovely-voiced, innocent-but-not-soubrette Sally Matthews as Marzelline and the young-but-not-insubstantial Andrew Kennedy as Jaquino. In their arias and duets and in their parts in the "Mir ist so wunderbar" quartet they impress with fine diction, timing, and absolutely accurate singing. Vocally, they also act very well in the opera's finale, and throughout they deliver their dialogue with pizzazz... With Christine Brewer, we have probably one of the finest Leonoras around (the other is Karita Mattila). Her large, warm voice is as striking at one end as the other, she blends beautifully in duets and ensembles, knocks out the high notes with ease, and sings the lyrical "Komm, Hoffnung..." section of her big aria with lovelier legato and more tenderness than I've ever encountered... Sonics are excellent--clear and warm." -Classics Today

BBC Music Magazine
Colin Davis's conducting of the London Symphony Orchestra and the vocal forces is so impressive that it ranks with the greatest accounts I have ever heard of this workà Christine Brewer is a great Fidelio, her big voice under perfect control, electrifying at climaxes.

Penguin Guide
Davis's version is crisp and dramatic... Abscheulicher brings out all [Brewer's] masterly qualities to the full, thanks to her big, firm, creamy voice, perfectly controlled... The rest of the cast sings strongly too, with John MacMaster a clear, bold Florestan



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72
  • Performers: Daniel Borowski (Bass); Christine Brewer (Soprano); Darren Jeffrey (Bass); John MacMaster (Tenor); Sally Matthews (Soprano); Kristinn Sigmundsson (Voice); Andrew Tortise (Tenor); Juha Uusitalo (Baritone); Andrew Vocal] (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London, England (05/23/2006/05/25/2006)
  • Running Time: 78 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1804-1806
  • Studio/Live: Live