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René Jacobs|Weber: Der Freischütz

Weber: Der Freischütz

René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Christian Immler, Polina Pastirchak, Kateryna Kasper, Maximilian Schmitt, Max Urlacher

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As is the case for many musicians who grew up listening to baroque music, René Jacobs’ evolution follows the chronology of music history. After treating us to Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Charpentier, Dumont, Bach and Handel, the countertenor eventually became a conductor in his own right. He’s enjoyed great success across the globe, both in concert and in opera, and has developed a rich and varied discography totalling more than 260 recordings spanning almost fifty years (most of them for the French label Harmonia Mundi).

After his mostly successful forays into the operatic repertoire of Monteverdi, Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the Belgian musician has now turned his attention to Weber’s Der Freischütz, which is often considered the founding work of German romantic opera. With its mixture of black magic, popular culture and nascent nationalism—a combination which would go on to become the basis for German expressionist cinema a century later—Weber’s opera greatly influenced a whole generation of composers, starting with the young Richard Wagner.

With this release, René Jacobs also doubles as a musicologist who’s keen to get back to the original source. His version of Weber’s masterpiece is based on the original project, readjusting certain scenes and placing them into their original positions. As in the early days of stereophony, his recording is staged (or embellished with sound effects) to compensate for the absence of visuals which brings the numerous German dialogues to life. The gunfire, sounds of nature, flowing water, bells, birds (and even the disturbing wolf howls made by the choristers!) make for a nice touch.

This new recording was intended to commemorate the bicentenary of the work in 2021, though it was delayed due to Covid-19. However, its release will be followed by a large concert tour in Europe and it will likely become a real landmark in the Freischütz discography, which already features Carlos Kleiber’s famous 1973 recording for Deutsche Grammophon: an act that’s difficult to follow.

Recorded in Freiburg-im-Breisgau in June 2021, this new production has been meticulously carried out thanks to the German-speaking cast, the incredible Zürcher Sing-Akademie choir and, last but not least, the powerful, clear sound of the Freiburger Barockorchester. They all come together beautifully under the passionate conducting of René Jacobs. This recording is exceptional. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1: Nr. 1, Overtura
René Jacobs
00:08:56

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

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2
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 1: Aria "Allerbarmen! Herr dort oben!" (Der Eremit)
René Jacobs
00:02:55

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, Arranger, MainArtist - Christian Immler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

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3
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 2: Dialog "Wo Agathe nur bleiben mag?" (Der Eremit, Agathe, Ännchen)
Christian Immler
00:01:59

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - Christian Immler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

4
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 2: Duetto "Nimm hin des Freundes Gabe" (Der Eremit, Agathe)
René Jacobs
00:02:16

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, Arranger, MainArtist - Christian Immler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

5
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 3: Chor "Viktoria! Viktoria!" (Chor der Landleute, Max)
René Jacobs
00:02:57

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist

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6
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 3: Lied "Schau' der Herr mich an als König!" (Kilian, Chor)
René Jacobs
00:02:16

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist - Yannick Debus, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

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7
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 4: Dialog "Was ist hier los?" (Kuno, Kilian, Max, Samiels Stimme, Kaspar)
Matthias Winckhler
00:02:39

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist - Matthias Winckhler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Max Urlacher, MainArtist - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals - Yannick Debus, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals - Freiburger Kinder, MainArtist

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8
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 4: Romanze "Herr Ottokar jagte durch Heis und durch Wald" (Kuno) & Dialog
René Jacobs
00:03:01

Franz Schubert, Composer - Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, Arranger, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Matthias Winckhler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Max Urlacher, MainArtist - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist - Yannick Debus, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

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9
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 4 & 5: Nr. 2, Terzetto con Cori "Oh diese Sonne" (Max, Kuno, Kaspar, Chor) & Dialog
René Jacobs
00:06:09

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Matthias Winckhler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

10
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 5: Nr. 3, Scena ed Aria. Walzer
René Jacobs
00:01:16

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

11
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 6: Rezitativ "Nein, länger trag' ich" & Aria "Durch die Wälder, durch die Auen" (Max, Samiels Stimme)
René Jacobs
00:06:39

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Max Urlacher, MainArtist

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

12
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 7: Dialog & Nr. 4, Lied "Hier im ird'schen Jammertal" (Kaspar, Samiels Stimme, Max)
René Jacobs
00:03:26

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Max Urlacher, MainArtist - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

13
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 7: Dialog "Agathe hat recht" (Max, Kaspar, Samiels Stimme)
Maximilian Schmitt
00:03:08

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Max Urlacher, MainArtist - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

14
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 1 Scene 7: Nr. 5, Aria "Schweig', schweig', damit dich niemand warnt!" (Kaspar)
René Jacobs
00:03:15

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

15
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 2 Scene 1: Dialog & Nr. 6, Duetto "Schelm! Halt fest!" (Ännchen, Agathe)
René Jacobs
00:04:43

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

16
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 2 Scene 1: Nr. 7, Arietta "Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen" (Ännchen) & Dialog
René Jacobs
00:04:42

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

17
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 2 Scene 2: Nr. 8, Scena ed Aria "Wie nahte mir der Schlummer" (Agathe)
René Jacobs
00:07:08

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

18
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 2 Scene 3: Dialog "Lieber Max, was ist los?" (Agathe, Max, Ännchen)
Polina Pastirchak
00:02:02

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

19
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 2 Scene 3: Nr. 9, Terzetto "Wie? Was? Entsetzen!" (Agathe, Ännchen, Max)
René Jacobs
00:05:59

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

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DISC 2

1
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 2 Scene 4: Dialog (Samiels Stimme) & Nr. 10, "Milch des Mondes fiel auf's Kraut" (Chor)
René Jacobs
00:04:19

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Max Urlacher, MainArtist - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist

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2
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 2 Scene 5: Dialog (zwei Geister) & Melodram "Was für eine schreckliche Hitze!" (Kaspar)
René Jacobs
00:04:51

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

3
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 2 Scene 7: Ha! Furchtbar gähnt der düst're Abgrund (Max)
René Jacobs
00:03:52

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

4
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 2 Scene 7 & 8: Dialog "Der Mond, der Mond verfinstert sich" (Max, Kaspar) & Melodram (Samiel)
René Jacobs
00:02:05

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Max Urlacher, MainArtist - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

5
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 2 Scene 8: Ah! Zische, brause, koche auf (Samiel, Kaspar, Chor, Max)
René Jacobs
00:05:33

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Max Urlacher, MainArtist - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

6
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 1: Nr. 11, Entre-Akt
René Jacobs
00:01:54

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

7
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 1: Dialog "Guten Morgen, Kamerad! Ausgeschlafen?" (Kaspar, Max)
Dimitry Ivashchenko
00:01:21

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

8
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 2: Nr. 12, Cavatina "Und ob die Wolke" (Agathe)
René Jacobs
00:04:15

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

9
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 3: Dialog "Na, du bist früher auf als ich!" (Agathe, Ännchen)
Polina Pastirchak
00:01:20

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

10
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 3: Nr. 13, Romanza ed Aria "Einst traümte meiner sel'gen Base" (Ännchen)
René Jacobs
00:06:02

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

11
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 3, 4 & 5: Dialog & Nr. 14, Volkslied "Wir winden dir den Jungfernkranz" (Agathe, Frauenchor) & Dialog
René Jacobs
00:04:49

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

12
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 5 & 6: Dialog "Mit einem lauten Schrei" (Samiels Stimme) & Dialog "Liebe Freunde" (Ottokar)
Max Urlacher
00:01:53

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Max Urlacher, MainArtist - Yannick Debus, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

13
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 6: Nr. 15, Jägerchor "Was gleicht wohl auf Erden" (Chor der Jäger)
René Jacobs
00:02:41

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

14
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 6 & 7: Dialog "Das war wirklich meisterhaft" (Ottokar, Kuno, Kaspar, Samiel, Max)
Yannick Debus
00:01:52

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Matthias Winckhler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Max Urlacher, MainArtist - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals - Yannick Debus, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

15
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 7: Nr. 16, Finale "Schaut, o schaut "(Chor, Ännchen, Agathe, Kaspar, Max, Samiels Stimme, Kuno, Ottokar)
René Jacobs
00:05:05

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Max Urlacher, MainArtist - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Dimitry Ivashchenko, MainArtist, BassVocals - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

16
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 7: Nur du kannst dieses Rätsel lösen (Ottokar, Max, Kuno, Agathe, Ännchen, Chor)
René Jacobs
00:03:27

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Matthias Winckhler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Yannick Debus, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

17
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 7: Wer legt auf ihn so strengen Bann? (Der Eremit, Ottokar, Chor, Max, Kuno, Ännchen)
René Jacobs
00:05:05

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Christian Immler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Matthias Winckhler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist - Yannick Debus, MainArtist, BaritoneVocals

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

18
Der Freischütz, Op. 77, Act 3 Scene 7: Doch jetzt erhebt noch eure Blicke (Der Eremit, Chor, Alle)
René Jacobs
00:02:03

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - René Jacobs, Conductor, MainArtist - Christian Immler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestra, MainArtist - Maximilian Schmitt, MainArtist, TenorSolo - Matthias Winckhler, MainArtist, BassVocals - Kateryna Kasper, MainArtist, SopranoSolo - Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Choir, MainArtist - Polina Pastirchak, MainArtist, SopranoSolo

2022 harmonia mundi 2022 harmonia mundi

Album Description

As is the case for many musicians who grew up listening to baroque music, René Jacobs’ evolution follows the chronology of music history. After treating us to Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Charpentier, Dumont, Bach and Handel, the countertenor eventually became a conductor in his own right. He’s enjoyed great success across the globe, both in concert and in opera, and has developed a rich and varied discography totalling more than 260 recordings spanning almost fifty years (most of them for the French label Harmonia Mundi).

After his mostly successful forays into the operatic repertoire of Monteverdi, Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the Belgian musician has now turned his attention to Weber’s Der Freischütz, which is often considered the founding work of German romantic opera. With its mixture of black magic, popular culture and nascent nationalism—a combination which would go on to become the basis for German expressionist cinema a century later—Weber’s opera greatly influenced a whole generation of composers, starting with the young Richard Wagner.

With this release, René Jacobs also doubles as a musicologist who’s keen to get back to the original source. His version of Weber’s masterpiece is based on the original project, readjusting certain scenes and placing them into their original positions. As in the early days of stereophony, his recording is staged (or embellished with sound effects) to compensate for the absence of visuals which brings the numerous German dialogues to life. The gunfire, sounds of nature, flowing water, bells, birds (and even the disturbing wolf howls made by the choristers!) make for a nice touch.

This new recording was intended to commemorate the bicentenary of the work in 2021, though it was delayed due to Covid-19. However, its release will be followed by a large concert tour in Europe and it will likely become a real landmark in the Freischütz discography, which already features Carlos Kleiber’s famous 1973 recording for Deutsche Grammophon: an act that’s difficult to follow.

Recorded in Freiburg-im-Breisgau in June 2021, this new production has been meticulously carried out thanks to the German-speaking cast, the incredible Zürcher Sing-Akademie choir and, last but not least, the powerful, clear sound of the Freiburger Barockorchester. They all come together beautifully under the passionate conducting of René Jacobs. This recording is exceptional. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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