Weber, Overture to "Der Freischütz"

First performed in Berlin in 1821, Weber's "Der Freischütz" quickly became
one of the most celebrated German operas, and its overture one of the most
popular in all of music literature. The overture follows a symphonic form
that determines the thematic unity of the work. Surprisingly innovative for
its time, it announces the programmatic works of Berlioz and Liszt, as well
as Wagner's first overtures. The fresh and limpid music evokes the fairy-
tale setting of the opera, with its ghosts, evil spirits, seven charmed
bullets, loving couple, friendly hermit and happy ending. This recording of
the "Freischütz" Overture dates from 1975 and is part of a special
"overture" special directed by Herbert von Karajan and produced with the
Berlin Philharmonic for Unitel.

Composer: Carl Maria von Weber
Title: Weber, Overture to "Der Freischütz"
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Video Director: Herbert von Karajan
Genre: Concert
Length: 11 minutes
Cat.No.: A05500590
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