Cleveland, Plain Dealer, August 11, 2011
Donald Rosenberg
Beethoven: Fidelio

This account of Beethoven's paean to loyalty and freedom from the 2010 Lucerne Festival comes blazingly to life when Jonas Kaufmann is pouring searing intensity into the role of Florestan and Nina Stemme is illuminating Leonore's emotional plights. The rest of the cast is admirable, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Arnold Schoenberg Choir make first-rate contributions. Claudio Abbado conducts a refined reading that occasionally comes up short in conveying Beethoven's propulsive ecstasy.


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