Weber - Der Freischutz | Oehms OC988

Weber - Der Freischutz

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Label: Oehms

Cat No: OC988

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 20th March 2020

Contents

Artists

Martijn Cornet
Karel Martin Ludvik
Jessica Muirhead
Tamara Banjesevic
Heiko Trinsinger
Maximilian Schmitt
Tijl Faveyts
Albrecht Kludszuweit
Uta Schwarzkopf
Helga Wachter
Chor und Extrachor des Aalto-Theaters
Essener Philharmoniker

Conductor

Tomas Netopil

Works

Weber, Carl Maria von

Der Freischutz, J277

Artists

Martijn Cornet
Karel Martin Ludvik
Jessica Muirhead
Tamara Banjesevic
Heiko Trinsinger
Maximilian Schmitt
Tijl Faveyts
Albrecht Kludszuweit
Uta Schwarzkopf
Helga Wachter
Chor und Extrachor des Aalto-Theaters
Essener Philharmoniker

Conductor

Tomas Netopil

About

Der Freischütz represents a milestone in the history of German opera. Written in 1821 against the backcloth of the Wars of Liberation against Napoleon, this so-called ‘national opera’ expresses the Germans’ desire for cultural identity.

The librettist Johann Friedrich Kind places the action around the time of the Thirty Years’ War (1618–48), a time when society was shaped by religious power struggles, war and outdated rituals, leading to a blurring of reality and the illusion of a perfect world. According to ancient custom, the huntsman Max is allowed to take his beloved Agathe as his wife and become a hereditary forester only if his shot in a shooting contest hits its mark. But Kaspar tries to lure Max into a pact with the devil that ensures seven free bullets for Max that will not miss their target in the Wolfschlucht …

The recording took place on 8 December 2018 with the Essen Philharmonic under Tomáš Netopil in the Aalto Theater Essen.

‘Tomáš Netopil emphasizes the contrasts between drama, rhythmic accentuation and simple, song-like melody. Jessica Muirhead creates Agate’s emotional states in a differentiated and sensitive way.’ – Klassik.com

Cast:
- Ottokar: Martijn Cornet
- Kuno: Karel Martin Ludvik
- Agathe: Jessica Muirhead
- Ännchen: Tamara Banješević
- Kaspar: Heiko Trinsinger
- Max: Maximilian Schmitt
- A hermit: Tijl Faveyts
- Kilian: Albrecht Kludszuweit
- Two bridesmaids: Uta Schwarzkopf, Helga Wachter

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