The finest Fidelio there ever was….

March 25, 2017 by norman lebrecht


We introduced you a while back to the overture of Klaus Tennstedt’s inimitable January 1984 performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera.

Now, an alert reader, Jürgen Irps, has come up with the complete radio broadcast of the opera.

Listen here.

Save it, treasure it, share it.

UPDATE: Hypnotised by the performance, we forgot to include the link. Apologies. It’s here.

Comments (12)

  1. Evan says:

    Norman, in your excitement about this I think you forgot to include the link to the recording. Please share, thanks!

  2. Olassus says:

    It should be noted that in the same run of 7 performances under Klaus Tennstedt were Hildegard Behrens and Matti Salminen, both preferable to Eva Marton and Paul Plishka who sang in this Jan. 7 broadcast.

  3. Ungeheuer says:

    How and why is this “the finest Fidelio there ever was”? I humbly ask because I have heard better.

    1. Stephen says:

      Norman has heard Mahler’s performances!

      1. Steven Holloway says:

        Heh heh heh!! Lovely one, Stephen. Thank you.

    2. Olassus says:

      Did you humbly listen to the Leonora III on Nigel’s link above?

      1. Ungeheuer says:

        Yes, very fine Leonore 3. Nice to hear the Met orchestra play with such fire, a rare thing indeed. When I wrote that I’ve heard better I was thinking of Furtwängler, no less, and Flagstad, no less, in Salzburg.

  4. ira says:

    what about klemperer 1961 covent garden with vickers, jurinac, hotter? i remember it vividly.

    1. Daniel F. says:

      Yes! Or that super-fast performance he did in Budapest in the late 40’s? Have you ever heard that? Sung in Hungarian. Probably “the best performance ever”–in Hungarian!

  5. Arthur says:

    Fantastic masterpiece!

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