• NI7969 Katalognummer
  • 0710357796920 EAN
  • 2CD Format
  • 1955/2019 Utgivelsesår

Stiedry, Fritz

Stiedry, Fritz

Sutherland, Joan | Böhme, Kurt | Vroons, Frans | Strauss-Smith, Lloyd | Kraus, Otakar | Schech, Marianne | Hatt, Beryl

Weber, Carl Maria von

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus



Weber, Carl Maria von: Euryanthe - Opera

BBC studio recording broadcast 30 september 1955

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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 Webber, 2019

Sutherland could indeed have made a serious career in the dramatic German Fach: she sounds an outstandingly fluent and natural exponent of the titlerole. Conductor Fritz Stiedry’s preserved Wagner performances are often a little spotty but here he seems in well-ordered control of everything. All the other major roles are on committed top form. Gramophone

[Sutherland’s] fans will admire her clean, ample tone and the sheer ease at the top of her voice as part of a carefully vocalized performance. Her detractors will note the plummy quality of her tone and her indifferent textual articulation…Marianne Schech’s Eglantine is inevitably far more characterful…Though there’s the odd moment of untidy ensemble, the conductor Fritz Stiedry brings immense spirit to the fine overture. Opera


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