La Scena Musicale, 31 July 2011
Norman Lebrecht
CDs if the week - Beethoven: Fidelio

Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme, with Claudio Abbado conducting – it reads like a throwback to the glory days of opera recording, and in many ways it is, taken from live Lucerne Festival performances with thrilling sound. The drawback is the German recitative, which sounds more tedious and stagy the longer it goes on. You’ll keep skipping tracks to get back to the music. Kaufmann, though, means buy it now.


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