"Harnoncourt inspires the Berliners to the kind of playing - incisive, dramatic, volatile - that the super smooth Karajan ironed out. The results are as electrifying. … An exhilarating account. … a definite must hear!“ (Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 15 September 1996)
"Nikolaus Harnoncourt's dazzling new version of Der Freischütz has plenty of ideas that the others never thought about. … This is a rare opera recording with everything to recommend it." (Alexander Waugh, Evening Standard, 24 October 1996)
"Harnoncourt's interpretation has the ring of reality about it, uncovering the troubled psyche and element of superstition in this extraordinary piece. Harnoncourt has assembled a cast that equals or surpasses that on just about every other version of the work. … The recording is exemplary." (Alan Blyth, The Daily Telegraph, 14 September 1996)
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