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Der Freischutz [DVD] [1981] [2001] [NTSC]

Roland Bracht , Helmut Holzapfel , Achim Freyer    Exempt   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roland Bracht, Helmut Holzapfel, Toni Krämer, Catarina Ligendza, Wolfgang Probst
  • Directors: Achim Freyer
  • Format: NTSC, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2004
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022EFJ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Carl Maria Von Weber's opera is brought to the Wurttemberg State Opera in Stuttgart, with an international cast including Catarina Ligendza, and Toni Kramer.

Product Description

WEA 50504673524 DVD; WEA ITALIANA - Italia; Classica Lirica

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3.0 out of 5 stars Musically excellent but very amateur looking 2 May 2010
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This 1981 performance from the Wurttembergische Staatsoper, Stuttgart, is musically first rate. The orchestra, under Dennis Russell Davies, is excellent, and the principals are all fine singers. The ladies, Caterina Ligendza as Agathe and Raili Viljakainen as Annchen, are both outstanding.

What lets this down to a large extent is the visual aspects of the production, which make it look almost amateur. The set is initially a shock - it is like a cross between a poor Disney cartoon and a child's colouring book. This does, however, eventually grow on you as you get used to it. It is obviously meant to emphasize the naive fairytale-like storyline. However, some of the elements in the Wolf's Glen scene are far from being childlike and suitable to a fairy tale. What persists in being both annoying and distracting are the truly terrible acting coupled to the absolutely dreadful makeup. I presume both of these elements are meant to enhance the naive childlike nature of the production, but the highly mannered and at times silly acting is just annoying and the makeup looks like a cross between English pantomime and Japanese kabuki. The makeup is at its absolute worst on Agathe who should be a beautiful young girl but is made to look like some ancient Victorian streetwalker.

The 'special effects' here are also very dated. I suppose in the opera house at the time they were moderately effective but under the gaze of close camerawork on DVD they often just look silly. If, however, you can put up with all the visual horrors then this is an enormously enjoyable performance because the music is so excellent. Once you get used to the visuals there are some nice touches which do add to the enjoyment too.

The sound is very good Dolby digital 2.0 and there are subtitles in English, German and Spanish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars German romantic opera 30 Oct 2013
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Der Freischutz is an enchanting gothic fairy-tale from the early nineteenth century. Composed by Carl Maria Von Weber with a libretto by Johann Friedrich Kind it was first performed in Berlin in 1812. The opera provides some glorious arias for the tenor, baritone, soprano and mezzo roles and some bouncy music for the chorus to get their teeth into. Known mostly now for its beautifully orchestrated overture I just like the whole and am sorry that the opera is now rarely performed in the UK. Possibly it has fallen out of fashion but I think it is well worth a visit. Appealing melodies, romanticism with some sinister harmonies and at times ghostly atmosphere provide a wonderful two hours entertainment. I have seen only one previous staging of Der Freischutz which was by the Hamburg Opera Company but the interpretation of the story was barely comprehensible to me. Some might say that this staging of this production by the Stuttgart Opera is somewhat amateurish but I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a "Marmite" dvd 8 Jan 2014
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You love it or hate it. I love the idea of deliberately wooden acting as if in a traditional German-speaking puppet theatre. I saw it some years ago and the effect is just as good now. If you don't like the concept, it will irritate however. It's not the greatest performance in terms of consistent singing or orchestral quality, but it should open the eyes to the sheer quality of Weber's skill as a composer and therefore well worth having,
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4.0 out of 5 stars AUTHENTISCH!!! 4 Aug 2013
By Pobble
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This Freischutz is so authentic as to be troublesome but if you can get over the sets (reminiscent of my 1950s school productions) and remember they are very much a part of the authenticity and should not distract, then you have a very acceptable performance of Deutsche oper fur Deutsche Volk. I have seen many worse versions of this remarkable work and if nothing else, the price makes this a very aceptable version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Production, Poor Sound Quality! 25 Aug 2012
By BoskoG
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A surreal production from 1982 with a lot of comedy.

Picture quality 3 - 4:3 aspect ratio. A bit grainy.
Sound quality 2 - variable with quite a lot of distortion.
Sets 4 - look like a giant puppet show. Very surreal.
Music making (orchestra) 5
Storytelling 5
Direction (camera work) 5
Singing/Acting 5/5 - Max 5/4, Agathe 5/4, Casper 5/5, Aennchen 5/5, smaller parts 5/5 and chorus 5/5. There is a delightful bridesmaids chorus.
Costumes 5 - 19th century German with lots of lederhosen!
Dancing 4

Recommended if you are willing to accept poor sound quality.
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