Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72 (original 3-act version, 1805)

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72 (original 3-act version, 1805)



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15th Nov 2010




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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72 (original 3-act version, 1805)

Camilla Nylund (Leonore), Kurt Streit (Florestan), Peter Rose (Rocco), Gerd Grochowski (Pizarro), Brigitte Geller (Marzelline), Dietmar Kerschbaum (Jaquino), Martin Schwab (narrator)

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Bertrand de Billy

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This is not the commonly-known two-act version of Fidelio, but the first version in three acts. It is enormously enlightening to take a deeper look at the original version of this great opera. The long dialogue scenes have been replaced by text by Walter Jens and on this recording, these are read by Martin Schab.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72a (with inserted texts by W. Jens)


Tagein, tagaus!… (Rocco)

Act I: Aria: O war' ich schon mit dir vereint… (Marzelline)

Act I: Duet: Jetzt, Schatzchen, jetzt sind wir allein… (Jaquino, Marzelline)

Werbung, Sich-Strauben, Verzicht… (Rocco)

Act I: Terzett: Ein Mann ist bald genommen… (Rocco, Marzelline, Jaquino)

Ja, wir sind blind gewesen… (Rocco)

Act I: Quartet: Mir ist so wunderbar! (Marzelline, Leonore, Rocco, Jaquino)

Ich war schliesslich geschickt (Rocco)

Act I: Aria: Hat man nicht auch Gold beyneben (Rocco)

Es war ein Abend im April… (Rocco)

Act I: Terzett: Gut, Sohnchen, gut… (Rocco, Leonore, Marzelline)

Pizarro! Wir glaubten schon, er kame nicht mehr… (Rocco)

Act II: Marsch

Schildwachen auf den Wall! (Rocco)

Act II: Aria: Ha, welch ein Augenblick! (Pizarro)

Er oder wir - darum geht es jetzt… (Rocco)

Act II: Duet: Jetzt, Alter, hat es Eile… (Pizarro, Rocco)

Und wir - hier in der Mitte! (Rocco)

Act II: Duet: Um froh im Ehestand zu leben… (Marzelline, Leonore)

Fidelio, ich verstehe dich ja (Rocco)

Act II: Recitative and Aria: O brich noch nicht, du mattes Herz! (Leonore)

Doch, es gab etwas, das entsetzlicher war als die Furcht (Rocco)

Act II: O welche Lust! In freyer Luft (Chorus)

Act III: Recitative and Aria: Gott! Welch ein Dunkel hier! (Florestan)

Die Nacht verging… (Rocco)

Act III: Duet: Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben! (Rocco, Leonore)

Er wollte Wasser, der Gefangene… (Rocco)

Act III: Terzett: Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten! (Florestan, Rocco, Leonore)

Ja, und dann hab ich es getan… (Rocco)

Act III: Quartet: Er sterbe! (Pizarro, Florestan, Leonore, Rocco)

Die Trompete! Oben vom Turm! (Rocco)

Act III: Recitative and Duet: Ich kann mich noch nicht fassen… (Florestan, Leonore)

Von uberall her, die Gefangenen (Rocco)

Act III: Zur Rache! Zur Rache! (Chorus)

International Record Review

January 2011

“The performance is excellent...De Billy gets thrilling playing from the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien...The Arnold Schoenberg Choir sings with accuracy and feeling. All Fidelio and Beethoven fans will need this.”

BBC Music Magazine

February 2011


“from the first notes of the Leonore No. 2 Overture, Bertrand de Billy creates lively dramatic tension...Brigitte Geller is a bright-eyed Marzelline, Peter Rose a sympathetic and nicely characterised Rocco. As Florestan, Kurt Streit offers vocal clarity and resilience in his deeply affecting portrayal...The Arnold Schoenberg Choir show characteristic discipline in their delivery.”

Classic FM Magazine

February 2011


“Camilla Nylund is an exciting Leonore, and if her voice loses bloom at the top, her strength and power are still impressive. Kurt Streit brings touching vulnerability to the role of her husband, and de Billy's conducting is suitably fiery.”

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