Weber: Der Freischütz (Blu-ray)

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Julia Kleiter, Eva Liebau, Teatro alla Scala, Myung-Wha Chung, Matthias Hartmann

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Weber was at the forefront of the rise of German Romantic opera and sought to dethrone Rossini from his position as the leading operatic composer in Europe. In his breakthrough and most popular opera Der Freischütz (‘The Marksman’) composed in 1821, he succeeded in his aim of establishing a truly German form. Turning to the folklore and folk songs of his native land he took a story of a marksman who makes a pact with the Devil, vesting it with powerful intensity – not least in the famous Wolf’s Glen scene – and an astonishing control of orchestral colour and atmosphere.

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Weber: Der Freischütz

Julia Kleiter (Agathe), Eva Liebau (Äennchen), Michael König (Max), Günther Groissböck (Kaspar), Michael Kraus (Ottokar), Frank van Hove (Kuno), Stephen Milling (Hermit), Till Von Orlowsky (Kilian)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Myung-Wha Chung (conductor), Matthias Hartmann (director)