Fidelio, op. 72: Overture (1814 version, sometimes Op. 72c)

~ Overture

Annotation

This is the Overture for the Opera Fidelio. It was written in 1814 and was first played in public at the second performance of (the third revised version) Fidelio at the "Kärtnertortheater" in Vienna (Beethoven couldn't finish in time for the premiere).

As it was written last of all the overtures for Fidelio (Leonore no. 1 was never offically part of Fidelio and released later seperately as Op. 138) it was assigned the 'highest version number' Op. 72c in some catalogues. Since it became the 'official' Overture (since it is the result of the final revision) it just became Op. 72 in many work listings.

The Opera Fidelio (Op. 72) was performed first in 1805 and is often refered to as "Leonore" in its early years. There were 4 different Overtures composed for this Opera. The Overture performed at the premiere in 1805 is named "Leonore No. 2" (Op. 72a) and was revised and performed one year later as "Leonore No. 3" (Op. 72b). After the French war and the retreat from the french troops from Austria the Opera was revised again and premiered with the Overture "Fidelio" in 1814 and became the final, official version.

Because of all the revisions of Fidelio there is no consistent numbering for all different revisions used by the labels. So this specific Overture is sometimes known as "Op. 72: Overture", "Op. 72b" and "Op. 72c".

This is the most common numbering of the Fidelio Overtures:

The initial tempo marking is "Allegro".

Annotation last modified on 2012-07-03 14:21 UTC.

Relationships

composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1814)
part of: Fidelio, op. 72 (1814 version)

Recordings

Date Title Attributes Artist Length
performance
1939-10-28 Fidelio, Ouverture Op. 72 NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini 7:04
1944-12-10 – 1944-12-17 Fidelio: Overture NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini 6:30
1952 Fidelio, op. 72 Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Hermann Scherchen 6:20
1953-10-13 – 1953-10-17 Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler 6:36
1953 Fidelio: Ouverture Wiener Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler 6:42
1954-03-22 – 1954-03-23 Fidelio Overture, op. 72 Wiener Philharmoniker, Clemens Krauss 6:55
1954 Fidelio Op. 72 - Overture Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 6:49
1955-11-07 Fidelio Overture, Op. 72 Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch 6:37
1955-12-12 Fidelio, op. 72: Overture Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 6:32
1957-05 – 1957-09 Fidelio op. 72: Ouvertüre Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Ferenc Fricsay 6:26
1957-07-01 – 1957-09-05 Overture to Fidelio, op. 72b Berliner Philharmoniker, Rudolf Kempe 6:50
1958-03 Fidelio Overture Berliner Philharmoniker, André Cluytens 7:06
1959-04-27 Overture "Fidelio", op. 72b Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum 6:38
1959 – 1961 Fidelio Overture in E major, Op. 72 Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Franz Konwitschny 6:33
1961-02-24 Fidelio: Ouverture Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Otto Klemperer 6:54
1962-02 Fidelio Op. 72 - Overture Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 7:01
1965-09-21 – 1965-09-22 Fidelio, op. 72: Ouvertüre Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 6:59
1967-01-31 Overture to Fidelio, op. 72b New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 6:41
1967-08-25 "Fidelio" Overture, Op. 72b: Allegro Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 6:12
1968-02 Fidelio Overture, op. 72 Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Václav Neumann 6:45
1968-12 Overture “Fidelio” in E major, op. 72c Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Eugen Jochum 6:26
1969-03 Fidelio overture, Op. 72b Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm 6:19
1970-10 – 1970-12 Fidelio, op. 72: Overture Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 7:02
1978-02-21 Fidelio, op. 72: Overture Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein 7:15
1984 Fidelio, op. 72b London Philharmonic Orchestra, Klaus Tennstedt 6:43
1985-10-21 – 1985-10-26 Fidelio, op. 72: Overture Bamberger Symphoniker, Eugen Jochum 6:34
1985-12-02 – 1985-12-04 Overture Fidelio, op. 72b Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 7:00
1987-07-04 – 1987-07-09 Fidelio Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Gunzenhauser 6:25
1988-08-10 – 1988-08-12 Overture "Fidelio", op. 72c The Hanover Band, Roy Goodman 6:34
1989-04 Fidelio, op. 72: Overture London Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos ?:??
1989-10 Overture Fidelio, op. 72b Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado 6:36
1994-06 Overture to Fidelio, op. 72c Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Günther Herbig 6:40
2003-04-25 – 2003-04-28 Fidelio: Ouvertüre live Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle 6:49
2009-11 Overture “Fidelio”, Op. 72b live Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly 6:35
Fidelio The Hanover Band 6:37
Fidelio - Overture Op. 72C in E minor [unknown] 6:20
Fidelio - Overture Op. 72c in E-minor Berlin Philharmonic, André Cluytens 6:21
Fidelio Op. 72b: Ouverture [unknown] 6:49
Fidelio Overture partial David Krehbiel 0:59
Fidelio Overture in E major, op. 72c Tonhalle‐Orchester Zürich, David Zinman 6:15
Fidelio Overture Op.72 Simfonični orkester RTV Slovenija 6:25
Fidelio Overture, op. 72 Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 6:23
Fidelio Overture, op. 72 London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult 6:12
Fidelio Overture, Op. 72 The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 6:15
Fidelio Overture, Op. 72b Ludwig van Beethoven 6:55
Fidelio Overture, Op. 72b Magyar Rádió Szimfonikus Zenekara, Tamás Pál 6:27
Fidelio Overture, op. 72c Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim 6:56
Fidelio Overture, op. 72c Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi 6:30
Fidelio-Ouvertüre, Op. 72b (Süddeutsche Philharmonie feat. conductor: Alfred Scholz) Alfred Scholz 6:24
Fidelio, Act I: Overture Magyar Rádió Énekkara, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Michael Halász 6:24
Fidelio, op. 72 Simfonični orkester RTV Slovenija, Anton Nanut 6:39
Fidelio, op. 72: Overture London Festival Orchestra, Alfred Scholz 6:41
Fidelio, op. 72: Overture Berliner Symphoniker, Peter Wohlert 6:26
Fidelio, op. 72: Overture Berliner Philharmoniker, André Cluytens 7:12
Fidelio, op. 72: Overture Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman 6:15
Fidelio, op. 72: Overture Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 6:15
Fidelio, op. 72: Overture Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur 6:18
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Michael Halász 6:23
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture partial Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 0:55
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture partial Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1:58
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture [unknown] 6:41
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture partial Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 0:17
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture partial Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1:12
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture partial Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 0:56
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture partial Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 0:43
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture Ludwig van Beethoven 6:23
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture partial Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 0:40
Fidelio, op. 72b Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 7:06
Fidelio, Op. 72b Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Tamás Pál 6:28
Fidelio, Op. 72b Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis 7:07
Fidelio, Op. 72b: Overture The Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti 6:52
Fidelio, Op. 72b: Overture Ludwig van Beethoven 6:23
Fidelio, op. 72c Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur 6:26
Fidelio, Overture, op. 72 Philharmonia Cassovia, Johannes Wildner 6:49
Fidelio: Ouvertüre Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink 6:31
Fidelio: Ouvertüre Budapester Symphoniker, János Sándor 6:20
Fidelio: Ouvertüre Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 6:55
Fidelio: Ouvertüre Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim 6:54
Fidelio: Ouvertüre The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 7:28
Fidelio: Ouvertüre London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 6:43
Fidelio: Ouvertüre Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle 6:49
Fidelio: Overture Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm 6:19
Fidelio: Overture Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnányi 6:36
Fidelio: Overture Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 6:54
Fidelio: Overture London Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos 7:04
Fidelio: Overture MDR Sinfonieorchester, Gerhard Pflüger ?:??
Fidelio: Overture, op. 72b Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 6:37
Ouverture Wiener Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler 6:35
Ouvertüre Wiener Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel 6:35
Ouvertüre aus Fidelio Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 7:02
Ouvertüre Fidelio in E majeur, Op. 72c Ludwig van Beethoven 6:19
Ouvertüre zu: Fidelio Op. 72b Ludwig van Beethoven 6:44
Ouvertüre zur Oper "Fidelio", op. 72b: Allegro SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Michael Gielen 6:26
Overture Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 7:28
Overture "Fidelio" Georgian SIMI Festival Orchestra, Nodar Tsatishvili 7:26
Overture "Fidelio" Op. 72b: I. Allegro partial Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 3:02
Overture "Fidelio" Op. 72b: II. Adagio partial Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 1:52
Overture "Fidelio" Op. 72b: III. Presto partial Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 1:41
Overture "Fidelio", Op. 72b Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn 6:40
Overture “Fidelio” in E major, op. 72c Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Ferdinand Lang 6:36
Overture Fidelio Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Tamás Pál 6:25
Overture from Fidelio, Op 72 Philharmonia Slavonica, Carlo Pantelli 6:27
Overture to Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven 6:43
Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72b Ludwig van Beethoven 6:21
Overture to Fidelio, op. 72c The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 7:36
Overture to the opera "Fidelio", op. 72b Staatskapelle Berlin, Otmar Suitner 6:14
Overture: Fidelio Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 6:17