Beethoven: Fidelio - Rysanek, Uhl, Frick, Berry, Muszely, Unger; Maazel. Wien, 1964


Listen to a Sample:



  • Full disclosure: the sound is not very good in this recording, but the phenomenal performances still manage to rise above the sonic limiations.
  • Leonie Rysanek is ravishing as Leonore. She is absolutely fearless when it comes to the daunting tessitura of this part.
  • Fritz Uhl gets a chance to show his more lyrical side as Florestan. His opening aria is particularly impressive.
  • Gottlob Frick brings avuncluar charm to the role of Florestan and Walter Berry is an imposing Pizzaro.
  • Lorin Maazel leads a romantic, yet brisk performance, and treats the audience to a truly rousing Leonore 3 overture.


  • As I alluded to above the sound is not very good. Probably not the best Fidelio if you are planning any trips to a desert island.

In Mono

OD 11689-2