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    Default Am I missing any great Fidelios on CD?

    I have a decent collection of Fidelio CD sets (and all of the Leonores available). But I am wondering if I am missing any really good ones. I am thinking that I really have to get the one conducted by Bohm with Gwyneth Jones.

    Here is what I have listed by conductor / Leonore

    Fidelio (first four are my favorites):
    Bernstein / Janowitz
    Klemperer / Ludwig
    Barenboim / Meier
    Karajan / Ludwig
    Davis / Voigt
    Halasz / Nielsen
    Parry / Brewer (Sung in English)--this is one I wouldn't mind getting rid of.
    Fricsay / Rysanek (Excerpts)
    Walter / Resnik (Excerpts, Sung in English)

    Leonore (Blomstedt is my favorite here):
    Soustrot / Coburn (1806 Version)
    Leitner / Zadek (1805 Version)
    Blomstedt / Moser (1805 Version)
    Gardiner / Martinpelto (1805 Version)
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    You've missed the best performance - Karajan / Denersch. Fabulous!

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    Furtwangler, Knappertsbusch, Maazel
    Ditto Karajan EMI
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    You've missed the best performance - Karajan / Denersch. Fabulous!
    that one is definitely worthy of consideration, but also Haitink / Norman.

    wow, maybe I need several more Fidelios yet?

    Another that looks interesting is Mackerras / Benackova
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Furtwangler, Knappertsbusch, Maazel
    Ditto Karajan EMI
    Oh wow, more to check out. I thought this would be relatively easy.

    I did purchase the Klemperer / Ludwig on your previous recommendation and really like it a lot.
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    I came to lve this opera via Fricsay excerpts on an LP.

    I just managed to buy the whole thing second hand. Has a great Leonore and D F-D a real blood curdling villain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I came to lve this opera via Fricsay excerpts on an LP.

    I just managed to buy the whole thing second hand. Has a great Leonore and D F-D a real blood curdling villain.
    The thing that puts me off about that one is the use of different people for the spoken parts, but that is not necessarily a deal killer considering I love the Waltraud Meier Fidelio and it doesn't have the spoken parts at all--except the part leading up to the grave-digging duet.

    I want to be totally immersed in this opera--if only they would have it at an OmniMax theatre!

    I already have 10 DVDs of it! And the You Tube 1977 Mehta/ Janowitz!

    Ha, it's my birthday soon and my wife's parents usually give me 50 dollars. Should spend it all on Fidelio sets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Furtwangler, Knappertsbusch, Maazel
    Ditto Karajan EMI
    Furtwangler / Modl or Furtwangler / Flagstad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Furtwangler / Modl or Furtwangler / Flagstad
    Modl....................
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Modl....................
    Oops, looks like I started this thread too late. I totally forgot that I ordered a Furtwangler Fidelio 3 days ago, but it is the Flagstad one. Still will be a great one, but now I have to also check out Modl.
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    Hildegard Behrends / Peter Hofmann.
    Sir George Solti

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Hildegard Behrends / Peter Hofmann.
    Sir George Solti
    To me neither of the principles is at their best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I have a decent collection of Fidelio CD sets (and all of the Leonores available). But I am wondering if I am missing any really good ones. I am thinking that I really have to get the one conducted by Bohm with Gwyneth Jones.

    Here is what I have listed by conductor / Leonore

    Fidelio (first four are my favorites):
    Bernstein / Janowitz
    The One Fidelio to Rule Them All!

    P.S. On a sidenote - shouldn't you also get Ferdinando Paer's opera Leonora as well? The only (as I believe) recording on Decca is very enjoyable, even considering underpowered Florestan of Siegfied Jerusalem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    The One Fidelio to Rule Them All!

    P.S. On a sidenote - shouldn't you also get Ferdinando Paer's opera Leonora as well? The only (as I believe) recording on Decca is very enjoyable, even considering underpowered Florestan of Siegfied Jerusalem.
    Yes, the Bernstein Fidelio is excellent, but even more excellent is the sound track from the Bernstein Fidelio on DVD because it is live and Janowitz really put a lot of emotion into it.

    Paer's Fidelio. Never heard of it, but based on some quick reviews, a fascinating prospect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Paer's Fidelio. Never heard of it, but based on some quick reviews, a fascinating prospect.
    Paer's Leonora, to be exact.

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    Following the same plot with same characters. Delightful music!
    On the downside almost non-existent coloratura abilities of young Jerusalem Actually it made me laugh so hard the first time I heard this.

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