[ DG The Originals / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Monday 22 May 2000
""Kleiber draws superb playing from the Dresden orchestra" (Gramophone)
"Kleiber draws superb playing from the Dresden orchestra and singing from the Leipzig Radio Chorus, but he is inclined to kill the score with kindness through exaggerated tempos and overemphasis on detail. Janowitz's Agathe is pure-voiced and offers perfectly weighted phrases but remains curiously uninvolving. Schreier is a rather hard-voiced but stylish Max, Mathis an eager but slightly self-conscious Aennchen, Adam a petulant rather than devilish Caspar."