Weber: Der Freischuetz (Double Album)

Alan Held, Andreas Schager, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Franz-Josef Selig, Lise Davidsen, Markus Eiche, MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, Sofia Fomina

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THE GERMAN ROMANTIC OPERA PAR EXCELLENCE
Maestro Marek Janowski leads a sensational cast — including star vocalists Lise Davidsen and Andreas Schager — on this new recording of Der Freischütz, the German Romantic opera par excellence. In the years after its 1821 premiere, the catchy melodies, picturesque charm and spooky scenes of Der Freischütz thrilled audiences throughout Europe. Janowski’s inspired reading lifts out the symphonic qualities of Carl Maria von Weber’s masterpiece, and makes clear why colleagues such as Hector Berlioz and Richard Wagner raved about the work. The excellent cast consists of Lise Davidsen (Agathe), Andreas Schager (Max), Sofia Fomina (Ännchen), Alan Held (Kaspar), Markus Eiche (Ottokar) and Franz-Josef Selig (Eremit). Janowski conducts the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and MDR Radio Choir. For this recording, the original spoken dialogues have been replaced by short narrations, written by Katharina Wagner and Daniel Weber and recited by Corinna Kirchhoff and Peter Simonischek.

Marek Janowski is one of the most celebrated conductors of our times, and enjoys a vast PENTATONE discography, including complete recordings of Bruckner’s symphonies and Wagner’s mature operas. Frankfurt Radio Symphony has also released multiple albums on PENTATONE, including a recording of Richard Strauss’s Salome (2017).

Tracklist

1.
Ouverture
08:55
2.
Introduction Victoria, Der Meister soll leben
05:34
3.
Narration Was traf er denn
01:46
4.
Terzetto and Chorus O, diese Sonne
06:07
5.
Scene, Waltz and Aria Nein, Langer trag' ich nicht die
08:05
6.
Narration Der gute Kaspar is mir schon treu zu Diensten
00:28
7.
Song Hier im ird'schen Jammerthal
01:49
8.
Narration Schweig, gegen Jedermann - Kaspar ist geschickt
00:56
9.
Aria Schweig, Damit dich Niemand warnt
03:01
10.
Duet Schelm, halt fest
04:21
11.
Narration Sie blutet
00:12
12.
Arietta Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen
03:40
13.
Narration Meine Warnung treibt Agathe um
00:26
14.
Scene und Aria Wie nahte mir der Schlummer
08:25
15.
Narration Ihr sehnlichst erwarteter Brautigam
00:59
16.
Terzetto Wie, Was, Entsetzen
06:23
17.
Finale The Wolf's Glen, Die Wolfsschlucht
15:38
18.
Entr'acte
01:51
19.
Cavatina Und ob die Wolke sie verhulle
05:46
20.
Narration Meine Warnung verfolgt sie jetzt bis in ihren Schlaf
00:37
21.
Romance and Aria Einst traumte meiner sel'gen Base
06:07
22.
Narration Annchen versucht Agathe Mut zuzusprechen
00:14
23.
Folksong - Chorus of the Bridesmaids - Wir winden dir den Jungfernkranz
02:21
24.
Narration Sie stolperte - Eremit, Annchen, Agathe
01:35
25.
Hunter's Chorus Was gleicht wohl auf Erden
02:35
26.
Narration Alle, alle stehen sie da
00:55
27.
Finale Schaut, schaut
16:35

Total time: 01:55:21

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Conductors

Original Recording Format

Recording Engineer

Jean-Marie Geijsen, Philipp Knop // Assistant Engineers: Ludger Brüggemann, Lutz Keller, David Gumper & Alexander Kolb (PA)

Recording location

November 2018 at the HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64

Release Date October 24, 2019

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