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Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, July 2014

The singing is excellent. No surprisingly, the dominant character is Lord Ruthven. He is magnificently sung and acted by Franz Hawlata. Throughout the opera he is magnificent.

He is not the only one. Both Markus Marquardt and Yoo-Chang Nah have big sonorous bass-voices here employed to good effect.

I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to hear this…opera in such a good recording. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, December 2013

Sopranos Anke Hoffmann (Janthe and Emmy) and Regina Klepper (Malwina), tenors Jonas Kaufmann (Sir Edgar) and Thomas Dewald (George), baritone Franz Hawlata (Lord Ruthven) as well as basses Yoo-Chang Nah (Sir Berkeley) and Markus Marquardt (Sir Humphrey) are all in fine form for this performance. They are ably supported by the West German Radio (WDR) Chorus and Orchestra of Cologne conducted by Helmuth Froschauer.

…the recording presents an appropriately proportioned soundstage with the soloists, chorus and orchestra well placed and balanced in a pleasing venue. © 2013 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review, November 2013

High-quality performances of these underappreciated operas reveal so much quality that their neglect becomes difficult to understand…Helmuth Froschauer’s nuanced, well-balanced and thoroughly musicianly interpretation of Heinrich Marschner’s Der Vampyr…is a perfect case in point. Soloists, chorus and orchestra all handle their roles admirably… © 2013 Read complete review

Francis Muzzu
Opera Now

Marschner’s 1828 hit is, along with Hans Heiling, probably his most remembered work. It’s certainly worthy of revival, as this 1999 recording shows it to be a charming piece with some effective orchestration, particularly for woodwind, and a more than passing resemblance to Weber in its evocation of the supernatural. Balanced against the melodramatic high jinks are scenes of a somewhat bucolic sentiment; all in all it’s a great piece of Romantic imagination. Helmuth Froschauer conducts the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln in a pacey reading of the score that’s detailed and fresh. The cast is very strong. Franz Hawlata is a stentorian Lord Ruthven, the titular vampire, but also has ability to turn an elegant phrase. Likewise, the young Jonas Kaufmann is fresh-voiced as Edgar Aubry with the promise of dramatic tone to come. Anke Hoffmann sings both Janthe and Emmy, the two brides that get it in the nuptial neck, and Regina Klepper is Malvina…their lyric sopranos are well-contrasted and attractive. © Opera Now

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