C.M.v.Weber, Der Freischütz
Sir C.Davis / LSO / C.Brewer, S.Matthews, S.O’Neill, L.Woldt
LSO Live SACDs
High Resolution Thunder
Colin Davis’ last recording was, fittingly, the Berlioz Grande Messe des morts. His last release, however, was Weber’s Der Freischütz, and that’s fitting too, because it’s frankly a much more interesting recording than the total dud that is the Berlioz. In fact, with Sally Matthews as Ännchen and Christine Brewer as Agathe, the girls’ cast is as good as it gets these days. Lars Woldt adds dark luster as Kaspar, Simon O’Neill healthy, youthful naïveté as Max, and the orchestra plays passionately and with unusual warmth and presence. Davis is jaunty in the rustic bits and deliciously dark in the spine-chilling parts. The omitted German dialogue won’t be missed by anyone who’s in it for the music.