[ Warner Classics the Home of Opera / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Monday 1 February 2016
"One of the glories of recording history," was how this Fidelio was hailed on its initial release in 1962. The intervening years have repeatedly affirmed its towering status. Otto Klemperer's readings of Beethoven are proverbial for their grandeur and humanity, while the Leonore of Christa Ludwig and Florestan of Jon Vickers remain unsurpassed.
"Klemperer had a close affinity to Beethoven's only completed opera, a tricky work to perform. This, his 1962 recording...is typically statuesque and majestic. Christa Ludwig, a mezzo rather than true soprano, brings dark colours to the role of Leonore, while tenor Jon Vickers is a superb Florestan." BBC Music Magazine, January 2012