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Weber: Der Freischutz / Harnoncourt, Holzmair, Moll, Et Al


Release Date: 09/03/1996 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 97758   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Matti SalminenEkkehard SchallGilles CachemailleWolfgang Holzmair,   ... 
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nikolaus Harnoncourt brings a fresh view to everything he conducts. Now he has rethought the first great German Romantic opera, going back to the autograph score for the original dynamic markings and aiming to rediscover the work’s theatrical and dramatic truths. The result is both invigorating and enlightening. Harnoncourt’s choice to have a light-voiced tenor as Max, in order to convey the dreamer in the character rather than the hero, is entirely vindicated by Endrik Wottrich’s vibrant performance – superbly contrasted with the wonderfully sonorous Kaspar of Matti Salminen. Elsewhere, Orgonasova and Schäfer acquit themselves with distinction – the former’s ‘Leise, leise’, taken more slowly than usual, is exquisite – and the choral Read more singing is superb.

Given the live concert source of Harnoncourt’s recording, it is not as overtly theatrical as its main modern competitor, the studio-bound Kleiber (DG), the difference being most notable in the Wolf’s Glen scene, where the latter is able to bring special effects and reverberation into play. The playing of the Berlin Philharmonic is easily the equal of Kleiber’s Dresdeners, though, and the Teldec sound is more natural, complete with ear-piercing gunshots.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Matthew Rye, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Freischütz, J 277 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Matti Salminen (Bass), Ekkehard Schall (Spoken Vocals), Gilles Cachemaille (Bass),
Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone), Luba Orgonasova (Soprano), Christine Schäfer (Soprano),
Endrik Wottrich (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Length: 134 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Der Freischütz : Overture to Act 1: Weber : Der Freischütz : Overture to Act 1
Der Freischütz : Act 1 "Viktoria, Viktoria, der Meister soll leben" [Chorus, Kilian]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 1 "Viktoria, Viktoria, der Meister soll leben" [Chorus, Kilian]
Der Freischütz : Act 1 "O, diese Sonne" [Max Kuno, Kaspar, Chorus]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 1 "O, diese Sonne" [Max Kuno, Kaspar, Chorus]
Der Freischütz : Act 1 "Nein, nicht länger" "Durch die Wälder" [Max]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 1 "Nein, nicht länger" "Durch die Wälder" [Max]
Der Freischütz : Act 1 "Hier im ird'schen Jammertal" [Kaspar, Max]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 1 "Hier im ird'schen Jammertal" [Kaspar, Max]
Der Freischütz : Act 1 "Schweig, schweig, damit dich niemand warnt" [Kaspar]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 1 "Schweig, schweig, damit dich niemand warnt" [Kaspar]
Der Freischütz : Act 2 "Schelm! Halt fest!" [Annchen, Agathe]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 2 "Schelm! Halt fest!" [Annchen, Agathe]
Der Freischütz : Act 2 "Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen" [Annchen]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 2 "Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen" [Annchen]
Der Freischütz : Act 2 "Wie nahte mir der Schlummer" "Leise, leise" [Agathe]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 2 "Wie nahte mir der Schlummer" "Leise, leise" [Agathe]
Der Freischütz : Act 2 "Wie? was? Entsetzen!" [Agathe, Annchen, Max]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 2 "Wie? was? Entsetzen!" [Agathe, Annchen, Max]
Der Freischütz : Act 2 "Milch des Mondes fiel aufs Kraut" [Chorus, Kaspar, Samiel, Max]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 2 "Milch des Mondes fiel aufs Kraut" [Chorus, Kaspar, Samiel, Max]
Der Freischütz : Act 3 Entre-Act: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 3 Entre-Act
Der Freischütz : Act 3 "Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle" [Agathe]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 3 "Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle" [Agathe]
Der Freischütz : Act 3 "Einst träumte meiner sel'gen Base" [Annchen]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 3 "Einst träumte meiner sel'gen Base" [Annchen]
Der Freischütz : Act 3 "Horch, da kommen" "Wir winden dir den Jungfernkranz" [Bridesmaids, Chorus]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 3 "Horch, da kommen" "Wir winden dir den Jungfernkranz" [Bridesmaids, Chorus]
Der Freischütz : Act 3 "Was gleicht wohl auf Erden" [Chorus]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 3 "Was gleicht wohl auf Erden" [Chorus]
Der Freischütz : Act 3 "Schaut, o schaut!" [Chorus, Agathe, Annchen, Max, Kuno, Kaspar, Ottokar, Hermit]: Weber : Der Freischütz : Act 3 "Schaut, o schaut!" [Chorus, Agathe, Annchen, Max, Kuno, Kaspar, Ottokar, Hermit]

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