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James H. North
Fanfare, March 2019

A 1970 production from the Hamburg State Opera, led by Bruno Maderna, has everything: drama, accuracy, power, beauty (it’s a DVD, but I just listened to it without the video). Sebastian Weigle may not be Maderna or Mitropoulos, but he is a fine, experienced opera conductor.

This performance is well sung and well played. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, January 2019

Sebastian Weigle handles the score competently, at times briskly, holding it together and getting accurate playing from the orchestra… The recorded sound is very well balanced between voices and orchestra… © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review



David Reynolds
American Record Guide, January 2019

Weigle leads a disarmingly beautiful performance, one that is so naturally paced that it seems too short. Someone at Oehms knows how to divide an opera for the best results: Act I is on the first disc and the two other acts on the second, eliminating the ruinous break in the second act so often heard on CD.

The sound is well balanced, and all the singers can be heard through the cacophony and majesty of Berg’s magnificent music. © 2019 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Opera, January 2019

Aided by gloriously full, clean Oehms engineering, he delivers the best-sounding Wozzeck I’ve heard on disc, with precise playing and complete security of theatrical pacing and instrumental effect. © 2019 Opera



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, December 2018

Weigle never puts a foot wrong, and that is also valid in this case. The playing is excellent throughout and the delicate opening scene of the third act, when Marie reads the Bible is a particularly memorable moment. And Claudia Mahnke is certainly superb there, singing so beautifully.

Alfred Reiter’s Doctor is excellent. Thomas Faulkner’s First Apprentice is also excellent, and Martin Mitterrutzner is good as Andres… © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Peter Quantrill
Gramophone, November 2018

…Frankfurt orchestra’s core sonority is a compelling, perhaps more idiomatic alternative to the glassy polish of the Bolshoi players.

Audun Iversen sings the title-role in the manner of Gerhaher more than Goerne, as a creature of numbed dignity gradually roused to fury and driven to insanity. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Michael Quinn
Classical Ear, October 2018

Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen’s first outing as Berg’s put-upon prole rebelling against the world and himself with murderous violence adds a fine, nuanced interpretation to the growing number of Wozzecks on disc. Recorded live at Frankfurt Opera in 2016, this often surprisingly subtle account boasts rich, atmosphere-drenched playing from the house orchestra led with detailed discretion by Sebastian Weigle. © 2018 Classical Ear Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, August 2018

This live recording of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck is outstanding. With the vigorous direction of Sebastian Weigle the orchestra becomes an actor of its own. All the singers are in peak form, and so this recording is totally compelling in its multi-faceted presentation of the drama. © 2018 Pizzicato





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