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Weber: Der Freischutz / Keilberth, Schock, Grummer, Berlin Philharmonic

Weber / Keilberth,Joseph
Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 48177   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Rudolf SchockLeonore KirschsteinHelga HildebrandErnst Wiemann,   ... 
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a 2 CD set with a bonus CD-Rom containing a libretto and synopsis.

Keilberth's Freischütz was a classic in its day, and long held the field. Its memorable performances include Rudolf Schock's elegant if slightly aloof Max to one of the most famous Agathes of the century, Elisabeth Grummer, then still at the peak of her career, and singing here strongly and affectingly. Young Hermann Prey, then just turned 30, contributes a splendid Ottakar, and the ever-reliable Gottlob Frick is for once cast not in the role of black villain but as a Hermit, here both sonorous and consoling. Lisa Otto nips about nimbly as Aennchen, and Karl Christian Kohn is a Kaspar of rather less distinction. It is for the memory of these
Read more well-loved performances that the set earns its reissue, and no less for Keilberth's loyal and loving direction of the score. It is good to find how well all the spookery in the Wolf's Glen comes up in a recording from 1959. Keilberth's is a straight, traditional, expert Freischütz of the kind that remains in the mainstream of German operatic repertories.

-- J.W., Gramophone [9/1989]
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Works on This Recording

Der Freischütz, J 277 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Rudolf Schock (Tenor), Leonore Kirschstein (Soprano), Helga Hildebrand (Soprano),
Ernst Wiemann (Bass), Wilhelm Walter Dicks (Baritone), Maria Friederun (Alto),
Gottlob Frick (Bass), Herta Maria Schmidt (Alto), Heinz Giese (),
Karl [bass baritone] Kohn (Bass), Hermann Prey (Baritone), Wolfgang Eichberger (),
Fritz Hoppe (Spoken Vocals), Elisabeth Grümmer (Soprano), Lisa Otto (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Venue:  Grünewald Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 134 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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