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Weber: Der Freischütz Box set


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Audio CD, Box set, August 9, 1991
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  • Performer: Staatskapelle Dresden, Karita Mattila, Francisco Araiza, Eva Lind, Ekkehard Wlaschiha
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Composer: Carl Maria von Weber
  • Audio CD (August 9, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000E49K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 7, 2013
The Gramophone magazine dismissed Colin Davis from the selection competition in the most summary manner. Having heard this, it must be admitted that Davis has a very different approach to the opera than Carlos Kleiber.
Nor does Davis have as good a vocal line-up as C. Kleiber (or even Kelbeith). However, Davis makes more out of the score's drama than either Kelbeith or C. Kleiber. His tempi can be much slower (e.g. Max's aria in Act 1), and he does not emphasize on the folklore's joyous side to the extent as did Carlos Kleiber.
However, the same Dresden forces play as beautifully for Davis as they did C. Kleiber some 2 decades ago. Davis is able to maximise the score's dramatic contents with such wonderful tool, and his singers, though far less eminent than Carlos Kleiber's (especially on the female side), nonetheless deliver what are required of them.
As Agathe, Mattila is not as vocally polished as Janowitz or Gruemmer, and one must not forget that Karita was just at the start of her international career at the time of this recording. Her timbre is not fully smooth, but she does deliver the role's demands very capably. The Annchene is probably the most disappointing character, as Lind is not fully capable of depicting the varied emotions of this supporting role, robbing the plot of considerable drama by her rather bland reading. Wlaschiha and Moll excelled in the low voice categories. Wlaschiha almost equalled Theo Adam's dark Caspar, while Moll is both powerful and serene as the hermit. Araiza's Max is a good reading, but would have been even better done under a swifter tempo. He is however great in the Wolf Den Scene, probably the best ever conducted and performed Wolf Den Scene available on discography
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