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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



Infodad.com, 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 Infodad.com Read complete review





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