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Des Hutchinson
MusicWeb International, July 2017

Euryanthe launches proceedings…and establishes, among other things, the superb playing of the Dresden Staatskapelle, ripe and richly burnished in full, warm and impactful sound. …Under Gustav Kuhn, they are expansive without slackness, delightfully pointed and detailed, and if not as stylish as Karajan’s or as highly charged as Sawallisch’s or Järvi’s, are nevertheless wholly rewarding. …Der Freischütz has a powerful dignity, while Oberon is a splendid mix of uneasy calm, vitality and vigour to match its chimerical nature. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Paul L Althouse
American Record Guide, March 2017

On this disc we have only seven overtures, skipping Peter Schmoll, Silvana and Turandot, the last a Schiller play for which Weber wrote incidental music. The short playing time of 53 minutes should suggest that this program was planned for LP, and indeed the recording date is 1985. Compared to the Griffiths disc, where I said everything felt fast and perhaps a little unkempt, Kuhn lets the music unfold at what feels like the right tempo. In fact every single piece is slower under Kuhn than with Griffiths, and so the music has more majesty. This quality is perhaps most apparent in the big three (Freischütz, Euryanthe and Oberon), which are all nicely done. Both of these recordings are very fine, but I would take Griffiths for the added pieces, the added excitement, and the very extensive notes, which go on for several pages and give a fine summary of Weber’s stage works. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide





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