The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: YOU MUST HEAR THIS – the quartet from Beethoven’s only opera “Fidelio”

July 19, 2013
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By Jacob Stockinger

A long and loyal friend of this blog wrote recently:

“I heard this beautiful quartet from “Fidelio,” Beethoven’s only opera, while I was driving out to Spring Green last night — just thought you might enjoy hearing it, too.”

“I’m not that familiar with “Fidelio,” the Loyal Reader continued, so it came as quite a revelation.”

The reader is absolutely right. It is lovely. And not being a big opera fan, it was new to The Ear.

So maybe it will be new to you too.

I hope you enjoy it as much as The Loyal Reader and The Ear. It makes me want to hear a local production of the entire opera by the Madison Opera:

Here is the quartet from Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” in a production from the prestigious and critically acclaimed Glyndebourne Festival that is posted in a YouTube video:


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