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Carl Maria von Weber: Euryanthe - A Romantic Opera


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Despite the (mainly traditional) cuts, this 1955 BBC broadcast is treasurable. Not only does it feature Joan Sutherland’s touchingly pure and limpid Euryanthe –a role she only sang this once – but it also extends the small discography of Frans Vroons, in a lyric-heroic role which could have been written for him. Marianne Schech and Otakar Kraus are matchless villains, Kurt Böhme a comfortable King. Yet perhaps the performance’s prime virtue is the candescent conducting of Fritz Stiedry. His visionary readings of the familiar Overture and the desolate Prelude to Act 3 are heightened by unusually good broadcast sound, captured by the late Richard Itter on state-of-the-art equipment. This thrilling Euryanthe fully vindicates Weber’s – and Chézy’s –achievement. – Christopher Weber 2019
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Item number NI7969
Barcode 0710357796920
Release date 05/07/2019
Category CD
Label Nimbus Records
Media type CD
Number of units 2
Performers
Artists Böhme, Kurt
Sutherland, Joan
Kraus, Otakar
Vroons, Frans
Strauss-Smith, Lloyd
Schech, Marianne
Hatt, Beryl
Balkwill, Bryan
Chorus, BBC
Conductors Stiedry, Fritz
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