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Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660070-71
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Naxos Fidelio from Budapest offers a first-rate modern cast incisively directed by Michael Halász, and very well recorded. Inga Nielsen is an outstanding Leonore, with every note sharply focused, using the widest tonal and dynamic range from bright fortissimo to velvety half-tone. Few singers on disc in recent years being to rival her account of the Abscheulicher, ranging from venomous anger to radiant tenderness. Gösta Winbergh makes a formidable Florestan, with Alan Titus a firm, sinister Pizarro and Kurt Moll a splendid Rocco…Even making no allowance for price, this version is among the very finest to have arrived in years, gaining clarity and incisiveness from the relatively small scale.

Review By Michael Shmith,Green Guide,January 2000

"Here, at a super-budget price, is a superlative performance of Beethoven's only opera that eclipses most of its more expansive rivals... Hungarian maestro Michael Halasz produces thrilling results... The young Danish soprano Inga Nielsen is a glorious Leonore-lyrical, supple of voice, yet thoroughly believable and dramatic-while the Finnish tenor Gosta Winbergh is a lighter-than-usual, but twice as effective Florestan: his opening cry of Gott! is all the more chilling for its dynamic build-up. Alan Titus's Pizarro is lean rather than beefy, and all the better for it, while the veteran bass Kurt Moll defies age as one of the finest Roccos on disc. The Hungarian Radio Chorus is exemplary, as is the playing of Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia. There is the real feeling of the stage about


Review By Michael Tanner,Classic CD,February 2000

"It is a tremendous success... this recording has one of the strongest [opera casts], in the leading roles, for several decades."

Review By Stephanie Von Buchau,Seattle Opera,April 2003

"The Naxos set is a blooming bargain. Nielsen is a nearly perfect Leonore, with flawless pitch, warmth, and a strong top; Halasz brings out all the musical qualities I love in Fidelio. This is a sing-along album, and the first oboe of the Esterhazy orchestra should get a medal. The set is exciting, it's musical, it's Mozartian rather than Wagnerian, and it's also moving."


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