Weber's Freischütz at the BBC Proms

Financial Times, by Richard Fairman, 11 September 2011

Weber Der Freischütz (BBC Proms 2011) at Royal Albert Hall, London

"To see why the BBC Proms are such a success, the best place to look was not the Last Night with its high jinks, enjoyable though they mostly were, but the night before. On Friday, John Eliot Gardiner brought his Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique to give a concert performance of Weber’s opera Der Freischütz in the rarely heard version made by another great composer, Berlioz. This was a revelation – stunning instrumental sounds, a good cast of light-voiced singers of the kind both Weber and Berlioz probably expected, and sizzling with theatrical flair. I name it my personal Prom of the year."