Notes & Reviews:
The premiere of Der Freischutz in 1821 met with an enthusiastic reception: The story oscillating between reason and outdated rituals reflected the zeitgeist of a society caught up in political turbulence. Weber's tunes with their nod towards the world of the folk song were immensely popular and the musical depiction of 'demonic' events remains exemplary to this day. When this Electrola recording appeared in 1969, critics showered equal praise on the soloists - especially on Nilsson's intelligent Agathe and Gedda's vivid portrayal of Max - and on Robert Heger's persuasive conducting.
The Electrola Collection is a series from EMI Classics that celebrates the historic record label, Electrola. Electrola was part of the EMI Classics unit in Germany best known for their rich catalog, masterful artists and the iconic gramophone trademark. This second edition features eleven captivating titles including Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Joseph Haydn's The Creation and Rene Kollo sings Wagner and Strauss.
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