Weber - Der Freischutz
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I couldn't be happier about the musical aspects of this production. We get a marvelous Kaspar by the beloved basso, Gottlob Frick, who was, believe it or not, sixty-two when this film was made. There may be a slight wobble now and then, but mostly his resounding bass is in fine shape; he makes Kaspar both evil and just a bit hammy. The young Edith Mathis brings her pert personality and perfectly regulated light soprano to the part of Ännchen. The American soprano Arlene Saunders is excellent as Agathe and 'Leise, leise' is beautifully done. The tenor Heinz Kozub, although a little old for the part of Max, has a good heroic tenor and his acting is actually quite good.Read more ›
The filmed production is excellent. It's wonderful to finally have a beautifully sung and staged version of this important opera. Now we can clearly see what inspired Wagner to produce the greatest German music dramas of the 19th century. The chorus sings and acts admirably - everyone is spot on dramatically; costumes are good, the directing is effective, and most of all, the singing is glorious, especially (and surprisingly) Arlene Saunders, and not surprisingly, the spectacular Edith Mathis. The mournful tenor, Ernst Kozub, the delightfully demonic Frick and the rest of the cast are all moved along at a brisk and lively pace by the conductor Leopold Ludwig in this quintessentially Teutonic, mythological romance.
It's an interesting point that Ernst Kozub, whose voice is really gorgeous and powerful, is rumoured to be "Our Siegfried", the first choice for the Solti Ring. Unnamed in Culshaw's account of the monumental production of the first studio Ring in his "Ring Resounding", Kozub is described as the next great heldentenor - an impossibly difficult position to fill in the shadow of such legends as Melchior and Windgassen.Read more ›
I feared that perhaps this opera, (with guns, shooting contests, satanic rituals, dances, and dozens of hunters running around on stage) was just too difficult to stage.
This production demonstrates that it CAN be done, and WELL-DONE! I was afraid that, as it was filmed years ago, the picture quality might be lacking, but it was excellent.
The costumes take you back to a Germany of a couple of centuries ago, and the staging and scenery are far better that I could have imagined. The Wolf's Lair is truly a dark and scary place--you almost think you're going to see blood on the cobwebs, as the libretto tells of. The bridal procession for Agathe even wends its way through the dark forest. The bullet-casting of the "magic bullets" is authentic and spooky. A wild boar and wind with cracking branches and trees falling adds to the realism of the macabre scene.
I can't say enough in praise of this production. Edith Mathis is sweet, beautiful, and fantastic in her singing and acting as Annchen. Arlene Saunders is now my favorite Agathe. Gottlob Frick is the definitive Kaspar: evil and a bit demonic. The others sing and act equally brilliantly in this production. By the way, this opera is not just about a shooting contest and a bunch of hunters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The quality of picture and sound were both acceptable. The production was straightforward and honest in its approach. . Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Yvonne Brereton
I am so happy that I found this production of the Freischuetz from the 1960es. What a great performance bringing back memories about how my "first love for opera" was... Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Dieter Parczany
didn't realize this was an historic EARLY recording, in Mono !, but it is OK seeing as my Hi-Fi is superiorPublished on March 30, 2013 by william dehart
I like this romantic opera... I already had a bad version, it makes a big difference. The singers are great and the orchestra sounds delightful.
This performance and casting of "Der Freschutz" is excellent. The singing of the chorus and the solos are great. The cardboard animation for the introduction is somewhat limp. Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by Georgie
Der freischutz is not an easy opera to stage or sing. This 1968 made for TV film respects the composer's intentions, unlike more recent DVDs. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Jesse Knight
"Der Freischütz" is the first great German opera of the Romantic era, and Weber's first mature theatrical work. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by Alex Craig
I love this film of Rolf Liebermann's 'Der Freischütz' from Hamburg in 1968. Admittedly I have to look away more often than I'd like in order to listen to the great singing... Read morePublished on December 21, 2009 by pekinman
This must be the worst performance of any opera I have seen. Costumes of the fifties, actors crawling on the floor. Read morePublished on December 27, 2007 by Emil J. Schauer
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