Beethoven: Fidelio


Ludwig van Beethoven
Release Date: 16-07-2021
PTC: 5186880
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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Fidelio (1814)

Act 1

2) No. 1, Duet: Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein (Jaquino,Marzelline) 4:26
3) Dialogue: Jaquino! Jaquino (Rocco, Marzelline, Jaquino) 0:28
4) No. 2, Aria: O wär’ ich schon mit dir vereint (Marzelline) 3:40
5) Dialogue: Die Stunde naht (Rocco, Marzelline, Leonore) 0:42
6) No. 3, Quartet: Mir ist so wunderbar (Marzelline, Leonore, Rocco, Jaquino) 4:47
7) Dialogue: Höre, Fidelio (Rocco, Marzelline, Leonore) 0:25
8) No. 4, Aria: Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben (Rocco) 2:27
9) Dialogue: Es wäre mir so lieb (Leonore, Rocco, Marzelline) 0:59
10) No. 5, Trio: Gut, Söhnchen, gut (Rocco, Leonore, Marzelline) 6:06
12) Dialogue: Wo sind die Depeschen? (Pizarro, Rocco) 0:39
13) No. 7, Aria with chorus: Ha! Ha! Ha! Welch ein Augenblick (Pizarro, Guard’s Chorus) 3:05
15) No. 8, Duet: Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile (Pizarro, Rocco) 4:38
16) No. 9, Recitative and Aria: Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin? (Leonore) 7:04
17) Dialogue: Rocco, ich ersuchte Euch (Leonore, Marzelline, Rocco) 0:30
18) No. 10, Finale Act 1: Prisoner’s Chorus: Oh welche Lust 6:22
19) Recitative and Duet: Nun sprecht, wie ging’s? (Leonore, Rocco) 4:38
20) Recitative: Ach, Vater, Vater eilt! (Marzelline, Rocco, Jaquino, Leonore) 0:40
22) Leb’ wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht (The prisoners, Marzelline, Leonore, Jaquino, Pizarro, Rocco) 3:47


23) No. 11, Introduction, Recitative and Aria: Gott! Welch Dunkel hier! (Florestan) 8:59
24) No. 12, Melodrama: Wie kalt ist es (Leonore, Rocco) 1:39
25) Duet: Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben (Rocco, Leonore) 3:40
26) Dialogue: Er erwacht! (Leonore, Florestan, Rocco) 1:02
27) No. 13, Trio: Euch werde Lohn in besser’n Welten (Florestan, Rocco, Leonore) 5:35
28) Dialogue: Ist alles bereit? (Pizarro, Rocco) 0:05
29) No. 14, Quartet: Er sterbe! (Pizarro, Florestan, Leonore, Rocco) 3:26
30) Dialogue: Vater Rocco! Der Minister kommt an! (Jaquino, Rocco) 0:05
31) Es schlägt der Rache Stunde (Leonore, Florestan, Pizarro, Rocco) 1:15
32) Dialogue: Meine Leonore (Florestan, Leonore) 0:35
33) No. 15, Duet: O namenlose Freude! (Leonore, Florestan) 2:51
35) No. 16, Finale: Heil sei dem Tag (Prisoner’s & People’s Chorus) 1:58
36) Des besten Königs Wink und Wille (Fernando & Chorus) 1:17
37) Wohlan, so helfet! (Rocco, Pizarro, Fernando, Leonore, Marzelline, Chorus) 3:00
38) O Gott! O Gott! (Leonore, Florestan, Fernando, Marzelline, Rocco, Chorus) 3:19
39) Wer ein holdes Weib errungen (Chorus, Florestan, Leonore, Rocco, Marzelline, Jaquino, Fernando) 3:48

Act 2

Total Tracks 39
Total Duration 01hr 49min

Album information


After their acclaimed recording of Weber’s Freischütz, the Dresdner Philharmonie and its Principal conductor Marek Janowski present yet another German opera classic with Beethoven’s Fidelio. They work together with a stellar cast — well-seasoned in German opera — including Lise Davidsen (Fidelio/Leonore), Christian Elsner (Florestan), Georg Zeppenfeld (Rocco), Christina Landshamer (Marzelline), Cornel Frey (Jaquino), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Don Pizzarro) and Günther Groissböck (Don Fernando). This should have been a live concert recording, but Covid-19 frustrated those plans. Luckily, it turned out possible to record Beethoven’s masterpiece in two studio sessions, with two different, established choirs: the Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, as well as the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir. Katharina Wagner and Daniel Weber have adapted the original dialogues for this recording. Fidelio is the quintessential rescue opera, in which a wife goes to any lengths to free her beloved from the chains of a barbaric, oppressive regime. Beethoven’s opera on the power of love and the enlightening power of humanity still resonates with us today, and its music continues to delight and inspire.

Marek Janowski, the Dresdner Philharmonie and the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir have a vast PENTATONE discography, including complete recordings of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Puccini’s Il Tabarro (both released in 2020). Lise Davidsen starred in Weber’s Freischütz (2019), while Christian Elsner, Georg Zeppenfeld and Günther Groissböck contributed to PENTATONE’s complete Wagner operas recording, amongst others. Christina Landshamer, Cornel Frey, Johannes Martin Kränzle and the Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden make their PENTATONE debut.

Released physically as a 2 Hybrid SACD set.

A San Francisco Classical Recording Company Production