LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
   
   
 Fidelio 111:00  
  Opera in two acts  
  Libretto by Joseph von Sonnleithner,with revisions by Stephan von Breuning and Georg Treitschke, after Jean-Nicolas Bouilly's LĂ©onore, ou L'amour conjugal  
  English translation by David Pountney  
   
1 Overture 6:31
  Act I  
  Scene 1  
2 No. 1 Duet: 'These people could drive you berserk' 4:55
  Jaquino, Marzellina, Rocco  
3 No. 2 Aria: 'If only we could marry today' 4:31
  Marzellina, Rocco, Leonora  
4 No. 3 Quartet: 'A wonder, clear and pure' 4:34
  Marzellina, Leonora, Rocco, Jaquino  
5 No. 4 Aria: 'If you don't save up your money' 3:35
  Rocco, Leonora, Marzellina  
6 No. 5 Trio: 'Good, that's the stuff!. . .' 5:51
  Rocco, Leonora, Marzellina  
   
  Scene 2  
7 No. 6 March - 1:45
  Dialogue: 'This handwriting seems familiar'  
  Pizarro  
8 No. 7 Aria with choir: 'Ah! This is ecstasy!' 3:24
  Pizarro, Chorus of sentries  
9 No. 8 Duet: 'Now, Warder, listen!' 5:20
  Pizarro, Rocco  
10 No. 9 Recitative and Aria: 'Vile murderer! Sadistic swine!' 1:56
11 'Come hope, you faint and distant star' 5:12
  Leonora  
12 Dialogue: 'But Marzellina. . .' 0:45
  Jaquino, Marzellina, Rocco, Leonora  
13 No. 10 Finale: 'Oh, what delight to breathe the air' 7:38
  Chorus, First prisoner, Second prisoner  
14 'What did he say?' 2:20
  Leonora, Rocco  
15 'Let's down to work, for time is pressing' 2:36
  Rocco, Leonora  
16 'Oh father, do be quick!' 0:41
  Marzellina, Rocco, Jaquino, Leonora  
17 'Presumptuous idiot, who are you to take such a liberty' 1:43
  Pizarro, Rocco  
18 'Farewell, the warm and radiant light' 4:19
  Chorus of Prisoners, Marzellina, Leonora, Jaquino, Pizarro, Rocco  
   
  Act II  
  Scene 1  
19 No. 11 Introduction and Aria: Introduction 3:14
20 Aria: 'God! The darkest hours' 1:51
21 'In the spring of youthful promise' 4:52
  Florestan  
22 No. 12 Melodrama and Duet: 'How cold it is in these dungeons' 1:51
  Leonora, Rocco  
23 'Now bend your back, let's see you working' 5:00
  Rocco, Leonora, Florestan  
24 No. 13 Trio: 'In a better world, they surely shall applaud you' 6:13
  Florestan, Rocco, Leonora, Pizarro  
25 No. 14 Quartet: 'You perish!' 4:44
  Pizarro, Florestan, Leonora, Rocco, Jaquino  
26 No. 15 Duet: 'Oh joy beyond all understanding' 2:48
  Leonora, Florestan  
   
  Scene 2  
27 No. 16 Finale: 'Hear! Hear! Hear how the world wildly rejoices' 2:03
  Chorus of People  
28 'My noble sovereign's will and order' 4:09
  Fernando, Chorus of people and prisoners, Rocco, Pizzaro, Leonora, Marzellina  
29 'Oh God, oh God, what ecstasy!' 2:52
  Chorus, Leonora, Marzellina, Florestan, Fernando, Rocco  
30 'Let our voices tell the story' 3:39
  Chorus, Florestan, Leonora, Rocco, Marzellina, Jaquino, Fernando  
   
 Robert Lloyd bass -Rocco
 Rebecca Evans soprano - Marzellina
 Peter Wedd tenor - Jaquino
 Pavlo Hunka bass-baritone - Don Pizarro
 Christopher Purves bass - Don Fernando & Second prisoner
 Richard Margison tenor - Florestan
 Christine Brewer soprano - Leonora
 Ashley Catling tenor - First prisoner
 David Parry
  21-25 August 2004