Ludwig Van Beethoven Beethoven: Fidelio / Leonore Overture No. 2

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  RCA 68344

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: August 13, 1996
  • Label: RCA

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Ouverture
  • 2.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 1 - Duett: 'Jetzt, Schchen, jetzt sind wir allein' (Marzelline, Jaquino)
  • 3.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 2 - Arie: 'O wich schon mit dir vereint' (Marzelline)
  • 4.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 3 - Quartett: 'Mir ist so wunderbar' (Marzelline, Jaquino, Leonore, Rocco)
  • 5.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 4 - Arie: 'Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben' (Rocco)
  • 6.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 5 - Terzett: 'Gut, Shen, gut, hab immer Mut' (Marzelline, Leonore, Rocco)
  • 7.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 6 - Marsch
  • 8.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 7 - Arie mit Chor: 'Ha, welch ein Augenblick' (Pizarro, Rocco)
  • 9.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 8 - Duett: 'Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile' (Pizarro, Rocco)
  • 10.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 9 - Rezitativ und Arie: 'Abscheulicher, wo eilst du hin?' (Leonore)
  • 11.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 10 - 1 - Finale: 'O welche Lust, in freier Luft (Marzelline, Jaquino, Leonore, Rocco, Pizarro)
  • 12.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 10 - 2: 'Nun sprecht, wie gings?' (Leonore, Rocco)
  • 13.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 10 - 3: 'Ach Vater, eilt' (Marzelline, Jaquino, Leonore, Rocco)
  • 14.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 10 - 4: 'Verwegner Alter' (Pizarro, Rocco)
  • 15.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act I - No. 10 - 5: 'Leb wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht' (Marzelline, Jaquino, Leonore, Rocco, Pizarro)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - No. 11 - Introduktion und Arie: 'Gott, welch Dunkel hier (Florestan)
  • 2.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - No. 12 - 1 Melodrama (Leonore, Rocco)
  • 3.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - No. 12 - 2 Duett: 'Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben' (Leonore, Rocco)
  • 4.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - No. 13 Terzett: 'Euch werde Lohn in besseren Welten' (Leonore, Florestan, Rocco)
  • 5.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - No. 14 - 1 Quartett: 'Er sterbe!' (Pizarro, Leonore, Florestan, Rocco)
  • 6.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - No. 14 - 2 'Es schl der Rache Stunde' (Pizarro, Leonore, Florestan, Rocco)
  • 7.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - No. 15 Duett: 'O namenlose Freude' (Leonore, Florestan)
  • 8.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - No. 16 - 1 Finale: 'Heil sei dem Tag, heil sei der Stunde'
  • 9.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - No. 16 - 2 'Des besten Ks Wink und Wille' (Don Fernando, Leonore, Marzelline, Rocco, Pizarro)
  • 10.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - No. 16 - 3 'Wer ein holdes Weib errungen' (Don Fernando, Leonore, Florestan, Marzelline, Jaquino, Rocco, Pizarro)
  • 11.Fidelio & Leonore Overture No. 2: Act Ii - Leonoren Ouverture No. 2 - Leonore Overture No. 2

Product Description:

This is a terrific performance of a supreme if problematic masterpiece. Basically a "rescue" opera, it tries to combine the light style of the Singspiel, complete with spoken dialogue, with the lofty moral tone of heroic drama; moreover, Beethoven, notorious for taxing instruments and players to the utmost, was even more oblivious to the limitations of the human voice: some passages in Fidelio are virtually unsingable. All these admittedly justifiable criticisms are swept away by the grandeur, power, melting lyricism, and sheer incomparable beauty of the music: encompassing every emotion from the height of ecstasy to the depth of despair, it stops the breath, chills the blood, and breaks the heart. This recording opens with the Fidelio Overture and adds Leonore No. 2 at the end; cast, chorus and orchestra are first rate, balance and pacing exemplary. Voigt and Heppner are spectacular, easily surmounting all technical difficulties, their voices soar with thrilling power and intoxicating radiance. This Leonore and Florestan are truly heroic; indeed Heppner sounds almost too healthy for the role. --Edith Eisler

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