Beethoven: Fidelio (In Italian) - Brouwenstijn, Berdini, Bruscantini, Sciutti, Clabassi; Gui. Roma, 1952
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- Gré Brouwenstijn shines as Leonore in this Italian-language Fidelio, proving she could wield her sizable instrument with classical grace and finesse.
- As Florestan, Amedeo Berdini makes a good case for an Italianate approach to this part.
- Sesto Bruscantini's baritonal Rocco combines vocal warmth with vivid characterization.
- Graziella Sciutti is a charming Marzelline.
- Vittorio Gui was at his most inspired when conducting Germanic composers in Italian translations. His approach will be surprising to those of you who are familiar with the musical traditions of this opera. I certainly did not agree with some of his decisions of pacing, but it was interesting to hear it in a new light nonetheless.
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Gré Brouwenstijn sings "Abscheulicher!" from Fidelio
Buenos Aires, 1958