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Weber: Hunter's Bride (Der Freischutz) / Grundheber, Schollum, Banse, Harding

Weber / Grundheber / Rundfunkchor Berlin
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101692  
Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Benno SchollumFranz GrundheberJuliane BanseMichael König,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraBerlin Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Hunter’s Bride” is a film opera based on the romantic opera “Der Freischütz” by Carl Maria von Weber. Dreams and hopes of young people are told in this exquisite fairy tale. Max and Kaspar, both hunters, fight side by side in the Napoleonic Wars, as well as each other to conquer Agathe’s love. European cultural history becomes visible in an opulent historical panorama and one of the most beautiful pieces of music. The pictures of Norwegian director of photography Harald Gunnar Paalgard give a spatial dimension to the unique sound of the London Symphony Orchestra, which recorded in the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Performed by renowned opera soloists – Juliane Banse, Michael König, Michael Volle, René Pape – the film opera Read more was a huge public success in European theatres. Filmed on 35mm film on original locations in Germany, the film opera dramatises the enchanted tale with stunning images, and surround-sound revives the music for the eyes and the ears of the audience.

Carl Maria von Weber
Film Opera based on Der Freischütz

Prince Ottokar – Franz Grundheber
Kuno – Benno Schollum
Agathe – Juliane Banse
Ännchen – Regula Mühlemann
Kaspar – Michael Volle
Max – Michael König
Hermit – René Pape
Kilian – Olaf Bär

Berlin Radio Chorus
(chorus master: Simon Halsey)
London Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding, conductor

Jens Neubert, director

- Making of the film opera Hunter’s Bride
- Audio commentary by director Jens Neubert

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean (film) / English, French (bonus)
Running time: 137 mins (film) + 10 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

Der Freischütz, J 277 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Benno Schollum (Bass), Franz Grundheber (Baritone), Juliane Banse (Soprano),
Michael König (Tenor), Regula Mühlemann (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Volle (Baritone),
René Pape (Bass), Olaf Bär (Baritone)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fascinating production of a von Weber opera! January 1, 2014 By Warren Harris See All My Reviews "This is a DVD consisting of a film production of the opera “Der Freischutz – The Marksman”, featuring a dynamite cast – including Rene Pape as the Hermit. The choral work is amazing, and as the liner notes indicate, over two years was spent casting this film. Over 600 people were employed in the Dresden area during the making of this film, which was shot in 35mm. Kudos goes to Juliane Banse, for her wonderful vocal work and very believable acting. She’s a delight. It should be noted that this is not a film of an opera production – rather, it is a film of the opera singers acting and singing in the production. While I enjoyed the story itself (particularly the bullet fabrication scene with the special effects available to a current film maker), I had trouble not being distracted by the fact that the operatic singing seemed to not quite match the singing I was seeing on screen. They weren’t out of sync – not at all – but I could tell that what I was hearing did not exactly correspond to what I was seeing. As it turns out, the singing was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and then matched with the film. And while it is matched really well, it took me a while to get past that. All that being said, the music is *wonderful*. The liner notes are informative, and give background on Weber’s life and the creation of the work. There is also a question and answer section in the booklet that is illuminating about the process of putting together the film and what the director was trying to accomplish. This is a solid, enjoyable film, and is definitely worth seeing even if you haven’t seen the opera before in person." Report Abuse
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