Saturday Night at the Opera playlist for 04/13/2013

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Artist Title Album Label Link
Alexander Scriabin Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Op. 26, Mvt. VI Yevgeny Svetlanov conducting the USSR Symphony Orchestra with mezzo-soprano Larissa Avdeyeva, tenor Anton Grigoriev, and the RSFSR Russian Chorus Angel
Ludwig van Beethoven Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir, with fortepianist Robert Levin, and soloists Angela Kazimierczuk, Constanze Backes, Susanna Spicer, Julian Podger, Robert Johnston, and Julian Clarkson Archiv
Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, Op. 72 Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir (see Description for soloists) EMI
Ludwig van Beethoven Leonore Overature No. 1, Op. 138 Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel London
Ludwig van Beethoven Leonore Overature No. 2, Op. 72A Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel London

The theme of the evening has been freedom, its processes and struggles and joys, whether iterated in the poetry-music of Scriabin and Beethoven or in the great escape from darkness and injustice that is Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera. The centerpiece of the show was Fidelio, flanked by choral preludes that speak of related themes, and two postludes, overatures that Beethoven ended up not using in the final version of his opera (which was revised and revised multiple times between 1804 and 1814). Angela Denoke sang the part of Leonore; singing Florestan was Jon Villars, Don Pizarro was sung by Alan Held, Rocco by Laszlo Polgar, Marzelline by Juilane Banse, Jaquino by Rainer Trost, and Don Fernando was sung by Thomas Quasthoff.