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Beethoven: Fidelio; Bach: Brandenburg No. 5; Schubert: Symphony n. 8 ("Unfinished")
Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz [Vienna] Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach
Beethoven: Fidelio; Bach: Brandenburg No. 5; Schubert: Symphony n. 8 ("Unfinished")
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #2


      
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An amazing supplement to your regular Fidelio
Andrew R. Weiss | Raleigh, NC USA | 04/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I quote from a review on "Classical CD Review" because he says it better than I can. Please note: the sound is muddy, there is no recitative, and the opera is sung in Hungarian (!?!):

"Quite simply, this is one of the most spellbinding renditions of the opera I've ever heard. People familiar with Klemperer's later work might be hard-pressed to believe the same conductor is leading the 1948 performance. Here Klemperer consistently favors tempos that are markedly faster than in the 1960s recordings, often shockingly so. By way of example, the Fidelio Overture in Klemperer's EMI recording clocks in at 6:54. In the Covent Garden performance, it lasts 6:51. The Hungarian State Opera performance is more than a full minute faster, at 5:44! Not only are the tempos remarkably fleet, they are executed with breathtaking intensity. From the very first notes of the Overture, Klemperer grips the audience, and doesn't let it go until the final triumphant chorus.

"Klemperer's driving interpretation is superbly executed by the Hungarian State Opera Chorus Orchestra. The soloists are all up to the task as well, singing with technical accomplishment and fervor. For reasons I've already mentioned, this recording of Fidelio could not possibly rank as a first choice. Additionally, this performance is such an intense experience that I really believe it should be sampled on occasion, as a comparative version to more mainstream interpretations. But it will certainly occupy an important place in my Fidelio library, and it might find a similar status in yours as well. Excellent Klemperer renditions of the Schubert 8th (in many ways as intense as the Fidelio) and the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 only sweeten the enticement. The booklet contains no texts or translations, just an essay about the performance.""