Notes & Reviews:
Hunter's Bride is a film opera based on the romantic opera Der Freischutzby Carl Maria von Weber. The pictures of Norwegian director of photography Harald Gunnar Paalgard give a spatial dimension to the unique sound of the London Symphony Orchestra, which recorded in the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Performed by renowned opera soloists - Juliane Banse, Michael Konig, Michael Volle, Rene Pape - the film opera was a huge public success in European theatres. Filmed on 35mm film on original locations in Germany, the film opera dramatizes the enchanted tale with stunning images, and surround-sound revives the music for the eyes and the ears of the audience.Notes & Reviews:
Run Time: 212 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean (film) / English, French (bonus)
Submitted on 10/22/13 by Dan Coombs
It should be noted that this is not a film of an opera production – rather, it is a film of the opera singers acting and singing in the production. While I enjoyed the story itself (particularly the bullet fabrication scene with the special effects available to a current film maker), I had trouble not being distracted by the fact that the operatic singing seemed to not quite match the singing I was seeing on screen. They weren’t out of sync – not at all – but I could tell that what I was hearing did not exactly correspond to what I was seeing. As it turns out, the singing was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and then matched with the film. And while it is matched really well, it took me a while to get past that. All that being said, the music is *wonderful*.
The liner notes are informative, and give background on Weber’s life and the creation of the work. There is also a question and answer section in the booklet that is illuminating about the process of putting together the film and what the director was trying to accomplish. This is a solid, enjoyable film, and is definitely worth seeing even if you haven’t seen the opera before in person.
Submitted on 01/01/14 by KlingonOpera
Pierre Monteux Edition Vol 9 - d'Indy: Symphonies, etc
Ludovico Einaudi (b.1955): A Portrait of the Composer / Angele Dubeau, violin; La Pieta
Vilain Pingouin: Les Belles Annees
The Sentinals: Surfer Girl
Forro in the Dark/John Zorn (Composer)/Forro Zinho: Forro Zinho: Forro in the Dark Plays Zorn *
Federico Maria Sardelli: Baroque Concertos; Psalm; Chamber Music / Modo Antiquo
John Knowles Paine: Symphony No. 1; The Tempest; As You Like It, overture / Ulster Orch., Falletta
Sibelius: Symphonies no 3 & 7 / Colin Davis, London SO
Sibelius: Kullervo / Davis, Mattei, Groop, London SO, et al
Works DetailsWeber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischütz, J 277
- Performers: Juliane Banse; Olaf Bar; Franz Grundheber; Michael Konig; René Pape; Benno Schollum; Michael Volle
- Conductor: Daniel Harding
- Ensemble: Berlin Radio Chorus
- Running Time: 137 min. sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Written: 1817-1821
- Studio/Live: Studio