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OperaMetro.com, December 2015

…the soundtrack for this film is extremely fine. Harding has that firm grip on the score, echoing Jochum and Kleiber. The overture is played intact with images and events preceding the stage action… © 2015 OperaMetro.com Read complete review



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, March 2014

This recent DVD release from Arthaus Musik updates the live opera experience with a lavish film production…and accompanying instrumental score recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra…Opera soloists Juliane Banse, Michael König, Michael Volle and René Pape deliver thrilling performances under the guidance of director Jens Neubert, who manages to dynamically balance the dramatic and musical demands of the opera in such a way that neither component suffers. A gorgeously imagined retelling of a masterpiece, enhanced by 21st century production values. © 2014 Scene Magazine Read complete review



Henson Keys
Opera News, February 2014

This fine film is well worth a look, particularly for lovers of Weber and German Romantic opera. On the whole, it is beautiful to look at and to hear, with sumptuous design elements and excellent singing. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review



Ronni Reich
www.nj.com, November 2013

As Max, tenor Franz Grundheber…captures the naïve, brooding character well. Juliane Banse gives a sympathetic performance as the heartsick Agathe, and her handsome soprano is a pleasure to listen to in lyrical arias of just the right weight.

Regula Mühlemann is completely suited to Agathe’s perky cousin Ännchen…

Michael Volle is also ideally cast as Kaspar, giving a fiery performance in music that bears traces of romantic fervor. His baritone is both formidable and authoritative in florid passages.

…bass René Pape provides extraordinary resonance and cultivated sound that do justice to the sage Hermit. © 2013 www.nj.com Read complete review



Infodad.com, November 2013

…successful in visual terms…is the Jens Neubert film Hunter’s Bride, which is an expansion and striking visual interpretation of Weber’s Der Freischütz. Featuring Juliane Banse as Agathe, Michael Volle as Kaspar and Michael König as Max, the film uses stunning photography to complement Weber’s highly effective, highly dramatic score. The Rundfunkchor Berlin under Simon Halsey and London Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding provide the high quality for which they are known…This DVD is in many ways an ideal example of what a visualization of classical music can be: not simply a good concert performance with video added, but a work conceived from the start for a visual medium and carried through in that medium to excellent effect. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review



Anne Shelley
Music Media Monthly, November 2013

WEBER, C.M. von: Hunter's Bride (Film version of Der Freischütz, 2010) (NTSC) 101692
WEBER, C.M. von: Hunter`s Bride (Film version of Der Freischütz, 2010) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 108097

This is a beautiful film adaptation of Weber’s opera Der Freischütz…Neubert recruited a fine cast of singers for the film: Juliane Banse, Michael Volle, and Michael König all act on par with their excellent singing. Banse’s performance of Agathe’s arias in Act II are especially memorable.

This is a fine film and I think it’s a successful experiment in engaging a broader audience with opera. Recommended. © 2013 Music Media Monthly Read complete review



Raymond J Walker
MusicWeb International, October 2013

This production of Weber’s Der Freischütz sports an excellent cast and is well conceived. Its subject-matter works extremely well as a film opera. From the opening of Weber’s charming overture we are assured that this is a good DVD to watch. The scenes are exceptionally well choreographed to the music. One gets the feeling that this Arthaus production is in good hands courtesy of its director, Jens Neubert, who paces the action well and holds the viewer’s attention.

The cast is excellent, providing believable characters with convincing acting…The singing throughout is of a very high standard under Daniel Harding’s direction and the orchestra is nicely balanced.

Technically, the filming is brilliantly conceived with interesting camera angles and neatly framed shots. This does the Director great credit.

The soundtrack recorded in EMI’s London’s Abbey Road studios provides good depth to the orchestra as well as clear singing. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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