BEETHOVEN Fidelio Böhm DVD-VIDEO

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LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Fidelio
Gwyneth Jones · James King · Gustav Neidlinger
Josef Greindl · Olivera Miljakovic · Martti Talvela
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Karl Böhm
Staged by Gustav Rudolf Sellner
Video Director: Ernst Wild
Int. Release 02 May. 2008
1 DVD-Video
DVD-VIDEO NTSC 0440 073 4438 5 GH
STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles: German/English/French/Spanish/Chinese
A production of UNITEL, Munich


Track List

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Fidelio op.72

1.
6:46

Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Act 1

Olivera Miljakovic, Donald Grobe, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Olivera Miljakovic, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Olivera Miljakovic, Donald Grobe, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, Olivera Miljakovic, Donald Grobe, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Act 1

Gwyneth Jones, Olivera Miljakovic, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gustav Neidlinger, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Act 1

Gustav Neidlinger, Josef Greindl, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Walter Hagen-Groll, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gustav Neidlinger, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Act 1

Gwyneth Jones, Olivera Miljakovic, Donald Grobe, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Act 1

Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Walter Hagen-Groll, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, Olivera Miljakovic, Donald Grobe, Gustav Neidlinger, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, Olivera Miljakovic, Donald Grobe, Gustav Neidlinger, Josef Greindl, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Walter Hagen-Groll, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Act 2

James King, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, James King, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, James King, Donald Grobe, Gustav Neidlinger, Josef Greindl, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, James King, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Walter Hagen-Groll, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, James King, Gustav Neidlinger, Josef Greindl, Martti Talvela, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Walter Hagen-Groll, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Gwyneth Jones, Olivera Miljakovic, James King, Donald Grobe, Gustav Neidlinger, Josef Greindl, Martti Talvela, Barry McDaniel, Manfred Röhrl, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Walter Hagen-Groll, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Böhm

Total Playing Time 1:51:27

[Jones]: . . . here she is at the height of her powers in a memorable performance. Recorded at the Deutsche Oper in 1970, it has James King as an outstanding Florestan, a young Martti Talvela as Don Fernando and Josef Greindl as Rocco. In the pit, weaving his charms and wracking up the intensity, is the incomparable Karl Böhm . . . It may be almost 40 years old but this "Fidelio" still packs a very powerful punch.

All these singers show a genuine dramatic investment in their characters, and any grand opera gestures have been scaled back . . . Cross fading is used skillfully to clarify the characters' contrasting hopes and agendas in the act I quartet . . . The product is very user-friendly . . . giving a neat synopsis of the action . . . during the overture. Dialogue is minimal and functional, while spoken internal monologues are effectively presented as voice-overs. Musical standards are high. Böhm conducted "Fidelio" many times, generally taking a brisk view -- especially if you were brought up on Klemperer. We see a portion of his clear, no-nonsense conducting during the "Fidelio" Overture . . . Dame Gwyneth Jones was, in my opinion, one of the 20th century's great dramatic sopranos . . . She is in top form here, plus we get to watch her dramatic intensity and much admired stamina at work. Tenor James King . . . pours out the golden tone . . . Sound is clean and seems quite vivid, even through my ordinary flat-screen television's two speakers . . . there is much else to enjoy. It is especially recommendable as a way in for anyone who does not know this great work.

. . . une présence déjà charismatique dans son effacement, des aigus hardis et sûrs -- cela ne reviendra plus. King est d'une sobriété sublime et il faudrait inventer quelque chose de plus pour Greindl dans sa bonhomie. Saisissant Pizarro profilé par l'incomparable Neidlinger: il fait saisir cette occasion unique de voir à l'oeuvre en scène ce monstre de théâtre. Bref, voilà le vrai luxe lyrique, l'homogénéité de haut niveau. Ce qui convient, on s'en doute absolument à un Karl Böhm qui les a tus au doigt et à l'oeil et qu'il faut absolument entendre dans son Ouverture!

Jones . . . est encore décente et émue face au Florestan à la fois cuirassé et fragile de King. Neidlinger est comme toujours parfait dans le rôle du méchant, Greindl s'humanise pour camper un "pater familias" bienveillant. Charmante Marzelline d'Olivera Miljakovic, bon Jaquino de Grobe, Fernando grand luxe du jeune Talvela.