The finest Fidelio there ever was….

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.

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

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

  • 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.

    • I heard Behrens in her Covent Garden debut with Vickers and Goodal.Terrific. But this is the best I’ve ever heard Marton.

      And great as Furtwangler can be, the immediacy and passion and flow here is amazing. As musical drama is WF 1950 better on the whole than this? A Tennstedt 1983 Mahler 6 in London was the greatest orchestral performance I ever heard.

    • 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!

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